2020 was the year of the big remote work shift due to the Covid pandemic, and in 2021, 16% of companies in the world are now remote.
Working remotely has a big list of benefits with important advantages and implications, from an economical to health and environmental stand-point, not only for employees but also for the communities where they live, the environment, as well as remote based companies.
Let’s go over the best known remote work benefits and analyze how each benefit comes into play in ways that are sometimes overlooked.
- Freedom From the Hassle of Commute
- The Ability to Balance Your Time
- Team Diversity
- Restriction-Free Travel
- Greater Access to Talented Professionals
- Being Able to Live Anywhere
- Lesser Interruptions and Greater Productivity
- Access to Better Job Options
- Better Mental Health
- A Meritocratic Work Environment
- Mature and Professional Work Ethic and Policies
- Better Environment for People with Disabilities or Health Conditions
- Greater Flexibility With Work Schedule
- Economic Boost in Small Towns and Developing Countries
1. Freedom From the Hassle of Commute
Traditional in-person jobs demand that employees commute to and from the workplace every day without fail.
In bigger cities, many end up living in the outskirts to avoid paying higher real estate prices and having access to bigger homes and a less polluted, more greener environment, and although public transportation can facilitate the daily commute it comes with a cost of being rather stressful during peak hours and taking sometimes non-trivial time to take you to your destination, which can make you to have to wake up much earlier and give you far less time to spend with your family or friends.
Even when using public transportation, in expensive cities like London you can also expect your commute costs to eat up a significant part of your earnings, ultimately leaving you with lesser money to attribute towards other essentials, like rent/mortgage payment, grocery, childcare or savings.
Emma Russell, SEO Director at Slingshot Organic, the SEO team behind Merchstack, says:
“It’s saved me a lot of time, money and guit about the environment, not having to commute in London. It’s also helped my mental health as getting on a packed tube in the morning made my anxiety go through the roof. I thought I hated London but I actually just hated my commute.”
The commute “hassle” also exist in smaller cities, that tend to lack adequate means of public transportation, and therefore, if you need to commute to work you will likely need to buy a car. In essence, commute tends to be stressful and costly in most scenarios.
Luckily, working remotely means to be “location independent”, and being able to do it wherever you feel more comfortable at: from your home in the same city than your company, from another, smaller town that allows you to live according to your preferences or from other countries, or while traveling abroad.
As a result, you will find yourself in a better mental and physical state -without having to spend 1 hour per day in the train from/to work- and also have more time and money in your pocket for activities you genuinely enjoy.
2. The Ability to Balance Your Time
Leading on from the last point, working remotely allows you to forgo your daily commute to and back from the office, leaving you with more time to spend on all the other important things in your life. This includes being able to fit in adequate amounts of exercise and sleep, spend more time with your loved ones, or pursuing a new hobby or skill in your free time.
Orit Mutznik, Director of SEO at DataCamp says:
“Remote work made me rethink my priorities in life. I managed to save so much time on commute and invest that time in my family whilst learning new skills. These are two things I’ve always wanted to achieve & never thought possible until remote work became possible.”
Not being committed to a rigid 9-5 routine also means that you can create a daily schedule tailored to your needs. This is especially helpful for working parents or individuals who are looking after loved ones who need round-the-clock assistance.
3. Team Diversity
The ability to work remotely allows organizations to connect with and hire qualified professionals from around the globe, ultimately boosting their team’s diversity.
In diversity lay strength; having a team that’s brimming with individuals from all kinds of cultural, racial, and educational backgrounds enables organizations to maintain a global perspective that can cater to the demands of a larger, more diverse customer base.
Simon Cox, Technical SEO Consultant, says:
“I get to work with people all over the world and I find the different cultures fascinating. It means I learn a lot from others without them even realising, and the more we do this the less xenophobic the world will become. There are great people everywhere – even in England.”
For example, suppose a company is aiming to sell its products to the global market. In that case, regardless of which country the consumer may belong to, they’ll need to have people from diverse language and cultural backgrounds on their team to help them understand how to market to an audience that is equally diverse.
Hiring people from different parts of the world has become remarkably easy thanks to the internet, which brings with it the ability to work as part of a diverse virtual team from the comfort of your location of choice.
4. Restriction-Free Travel
Remember when you had to request for vacation time to be able to travel and discover those destinations you always wanted to visit but then you had very limited time to do so and if you wanted to travel for longer you had to ask for a formal leave of absence, which you might be afraid to do so as you couldn’t risk to lose your job? With remote work you can become a digital nomad and travel the world while working.
Mary Albright, Associate Director of SEO Content Strategy at Wpromote, says:
“Personally it’s allowed my husband and I to live a bit of a nomadic life experiencing the breadth of the US by going to a different city every month. For our department it’s meant we could widen our talent pool and look for highly qualified candidates outside our office HQs.”
Remote employees and independent remote based professionals can keep themselves up to date with their job work or team’s performance from any location.
As a digital nomad you just need to make sure you have a reliable internet connection in your travel destination to be able to connect and work, follow up with projects and communicate with clients when needed.
5. Greater Access to Talented Professionals
When hiring remote employees, organizations have the privilege of recruiting qualified professionals from any part of the world. The only thing that matters in such cases is the employee’s qualification and performance. Unlike in-office jobs, neither the organization nor the employee needs to worry about their geographical location, which sometimes can restrict a lot (and make more expensive) the available pool of talent.
Allie Decker, Head of Content at Omniscient Digital, says:
“As a business owner, remote work has allowed me to leverage and learn from worldwide talent. Our team at Omniscient Digital works with folks from 5+ countries, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.“
Hiring remote employees also enables organizations to handpick the best talent from a massive pool of international applicants – something which simply cannot be afforded by organizations who are hiring in-person employees to attend their physical office, especially those who used to be in smaller locations.
6. Being Able to Live Anywhere
With Remote work, employees can choose to live anywhere while still succeeding in their professional life. Often, people choose to abandon their small hometowns and move to large, densely populated cities with heavy pollution and a higher cost of living in hopes of finding a high-paying job.
Luckily, this isn’t the case with professionals and organizations that can operate remotely: you can choose to stay in your hometown, move to any other location based on your interests or even start working while traveling at a continuous basis as a digital nomad.
Ingo Bousa, SEO Consultant and Partner at Ardoa, says:
“Working fully remotely has enabled me to move my family from Bristol/UK to a small Portuguese village, where we now also look after my mum who needs care. I do remote SEO consultancy work to support a 10+ people start-up (ardoa.co.uk) which we also run 100% remotely.
- Kids now have two passports [Brit & DE] and speak 3 languages fluently
- They see their grandma every day instead once a year
- Our cost of living has gone down dramatically
- We live in a great rural community where everybody helps.“
Remote work allows anybody to start living in a healthy environment with unpolluted air, affordable living costs and warmer weather! You’re likely to find yourself in a healthier physical and mental state by avoiding the harsh, intense life that comes with having to commute and live in a big expensive city that you don’t actually end up enjoying.
7. Lesser Interruptions and Greater Productivity
Working from the comfort of your own home or anywhere you want, allows you to focus purely on getting work done without being interrupted, as opposed to working in an office, full of team members that will tend to interrupt you to talk, requests you for trivial things, etc.
Itamar Blauer, SEO Consultant, Trainer & Author says:
“Remote work has proven that I can work effectively from anywhere. For me it debunks the myth that people are more productive in an office because I feel more comfortable in a remote setting. Also, I can get more sleep which REALLY helps if I don’t need to commute every morning.”
Without interruptions cutting into your shift, you’ll be able to get done with work faster and also possibly produce better quality, which will allow you to focus all of your energy towards getting the job done.
Organizations can benefit from this, too. When their workers can expect to face lesser interruptions, the organization is more likely to receive higher quality work than they would have had all employees been working in an in-person office.
8. Access to Better Job Options
As a professional in search of a new, exciting professional opportunity, with a new remote work reality you can now easily apply to companies based anywhere in the world without having to move out of your hometown for the sake of your job. The risk of not finding a suitable job option for you is much lower too!
With the option to work remotely becoming increasingly widespread, we can soon expect to see highly qualified professionals earning excellent pay while residing in their small hometowns or developing countries that generally have limited in-person employment options.
9. Better Mental Health
Working in an office can sometimes mean to have to battle against external stressors that only exist (or can be exacerbated) within a physical office space. Working remotely means you won’t need to come into regular in-person contact with potentially toxic colleagues or a stressful work environment.
Kara Thurkettle, Senior Marketing & PR Consultant, says:
“Personally, working remotely means I can manage my mental health conditions better and not have to subject myself to overwhelming situations of being around other people. I am more able to focus on work in our in-house marketing team.”
Not having to uproot and move out of your hometown for the sake of getting a high-paying job in the big city (or in a more economically developed country) means that you can instead stay right where you are and enjoy the positive company that you currently have with your community: family, friends, or other loved ones.
Working remotely also makes it easier for some people to set boundaries with a toxic boss or teammates, which can, in turn, help keep their mental health in a good place, which may otherwise have been challenging to do in a physical office setting.
10. A Meritocratic Work Environment
One of the best remote work benefits includes the fact that you, as an employee, will be assessed on your ability to produce results and achieve the established goals, rather than have your worth be measured based on your social standing within the office based on in-person interactions and dynamics.
Working remotely eliminates the pressure of being accepted by other employees or your boss, with whom you might not necessarily have much in common.
This system also benefits team managers because they won’t need to worry about addressing petty office politics nor allow an employee’s likability to influence their promotion.
Instead, team leaders can focus on promoting employees that have earned the position through consistent work output and merit, as opposed to promoting them because of their charm or any other such irrelevant characteristic that may have helped said employee stand out amongst their peers – even if their quality of work isn’t the best.
11. Mature Organization Policies and Professional Work Ethic
Although many will find “easier” to gather employees in the office to share information with them, or double-checking to see if they’re all on the same page, and correcting them if they’re not, than having to do this through a project management or online communication system, following appropriate protocols for each scenario, the reality is that this “additional” work will set the base for a more mature organization and higher professional work ethic among team members.
Ross Tavendale, Marketing Director at Type A, says:
“Remote work has created a more professional and grown up dynamic. On the employee side, they have more autonomy over how they conduct themselves. On the employer side, they place more power into the employees hands and act more as a facilitator rather than a commander.”
Leading a remote based team to success might need more work at the start than managing a team of professionals working within an office setting to achieve the targeted goals: You need to establish clear communication and coordination protocols that need to serve to effectively get things done in a distributed environment, however, once you set those protocols, you’ll end up having a much better aligned and coordinated team, and employees with a higher work ethic that can excel with higher autonomy, without having to be micromanaged.
12. Better Environment for People with Disabilities or Health Conditions
Having the opportunity to work remotely can help individuals with disabilities or chronic health conditions to work more comfortably within an environment of their choice that is better suited to them, than an office space.
As a result of being remote employees, they won’t need to commute long distances to get to work, nor will they need to adjust to a physical setting that doesn’t suit them (or one that might even take a toll on their health).
13. Greater Flexibility With Work Schedule
Thanks to the lack of commute and since remote based employees are measured by their work outcome, productivity and goals achievement, rather than on following a fixed “start and end of the work day schedule”, working remotely can help team members to enjoy of a much more flexible day to day and decide when they’re more productive and effective for certain tasks.
Gerry (Yerri) White, Head of SEO at Rise at Seven and Co-Organizer of Take it Offline, says:
“Working remotely has meant that I’ve had the flexibility to cope with a change in demands and circumstances – provided I’ve a good internet access & noise cancelling headphones (affiliate link removed) childcare and other issues are handled far more dynamically.”
Being able to work remotely with a flexible schedule can also help parents to continue working without having to choose between their careers and their kids. This is particularly helpful towards new parents who find it extremely challenging to arrange for adequate childcare when they’re busy at the office.
14. Economic Boost in Small Towns and Developing Countries
Remote work allows professionals from small towns or developing countries to avoid having to leave their homes -and loved ones- to look for better professional opportunities elsewhere, due to the limited local, in-person job options.
Santiago Garzón, SEO Strategy at Punto Rojo, says:
“I was learning SEO since like 2014. But I live in a small and poor city so there’s no SEO jobs here. Now job offers are raining down on me! The pandemic brought many misfortunes for many, but it brought mostly benefits for remoters. We must be grateful for that.”
Being able to work remotely for the best organizations from around the world without having to relocate has allowed those native to small towns and developing countries to earn excellent salaries based on their qualifications and experience and encourage an inflow of money into their town or country, in turn helping to boost the local economy.
All in all, there are many remarkable remote work benefits that remote based employees and organizations can enjoy directly, and their communities and environment can benefit too in an in-direct way.
Not only do these benefits help workers and organizations worldwide thrive in a healthier environment, but they also allow those with challenging life circumstances to further their professional careers, within a more meritocratic environment.
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