Working remotely is rising in cultural popularity, and not just because people want it, but because technology allows folks to be connected all over the world.
According to an estimate in Forbes, in 2018, 50 percent of the U.S. workforce was projected to be remote; and across the pond, Europe’s remote workers have grown from 7.7 percent to 9.8 percent in the past decade.
Besides, working remotely doesn’t always mean “from home,” either; it can apply anytime an employee works off-site—whether that’s at a coffee shop or a flexible workspace.
Do you want to know more about the benefits of working remotely? Keep reading!
1. Stop commuting!
Think about all of the time you can spend commuting! Unless you are super lucky, it could take ages to get to work everyday. Something that doesn’t happen when you work remotely, as you get that time back for yourself.
And above all, think about what you can do with that extra hour you save every morning. There is no longer an excuse not to go to the gym, or prepare healthy meals. And what is better than closing the laptop at 5 and already being home?
2. Choose your own dress code
And what about being able to work in comfortable clothes? You no longer need to worry about updating your wardrobe as often as you used to. One of the things that the pandemic has shown us is the number of people who work in their pajamas, or in comfortable clothes.
Simply put on a shirt and you’ll get the desired effect.
3. International friends and colleagues
By offering the possibility of working remotely, companies increase their potential to hire international employees. It is no longer necessary to look only at the country’s labor market. And that means that our colleagues can be from Australia, South Africa or Nicaragua.
Not only can we learn different cultures, but we can even practice new languages. And in person meetings will become way more interesting, making us really want to meet the whole team with whom we share so many hours in front of the screen.
4. Your best workplace
Since you are going to spend a lot of time at your workplace, now you have the possibility to adapt it to your needs. You can no longer complain about that hateful chair that kills your back. Invest in the perfect one for you, and enjoy the comforts of working from home.
If you manage to organize your time, you can enjoy your day to day rutine. From making time to go to the gym, to preparing healthy food, or dedicating time to meditation. Anything is possible when you don’t waste time commuting.
6. Enjoy the digital nomad life
You have to admit that the idea that you could work remotely from Bali for a month is tempting.
Working remotely gives you the opportunity to fund your travels and be a digital nomad if that interests you.
Having control over your own schedule is a big market for satisfaction, not just in work, but in your lifestyle.
In addition, it’ll help you increase your productivity as well. According to the Gartner 2021 Digital Worker Experience Survey, 43% of respondents said that flexibility in working hours helped them achieve greater productivity, and 30% of respondents said that less or no time commuting enabled them to be more productive.
Some remote jobs stick to a timetable that does not allow so much flexibility. Other remote jobs are task-oriented instead of time-oriented, which is a real winner for a lifestyle because as long as you complete your tasks on time you can build a schedule around them.
8. Better Work-Life Balance
Having a work-life balance is the key to sustainable happiness. And in the case of remote workers, they can achieve it more easily, since they are the ones who can usually organize themselves.
Even if your remote job has a stricter schedule, make lifestyle adjustments for yourself that allow you to make the most of your time.