In 2018, Forbes predicted half of the global workforce would be working from home in the next few years and pre-COVID, we were getting there. These days 42% of the American workforce is productive at home (pre-COVID). Video-conferencing technology, as well as other online software tools have allowed workers to conduct business from anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi signal. There are enormous benefits for both employers and workers. Here are 10 benefits of taking a remote IT job.
Benefits of Remote IT
- Working remotely makes you more productive, not less. Contrary to what your boss may assume, employees work harder and longer hours when they work from home. Stanford conducted a nine-month study of 1,000 workers and discovered they are 13% more productive than their in-office peers. When you work remotely, you can avoid office distractions, such as your boss hanging over your cubicle wall to discuss last night’s TV schedule. Many remote workers seem to roll out of bed and go straight to work, and the numbers from Stanford show this is like giving your employer an extra day of work each week, productivity-wise.
- Speaking of rolling out of bed, you really can wear your pajamas all day when you work-from-home. If you don’t have a video-conference meeting later, throw a hat on your bed head and start programming.
- Work/life balance improves when IT teams work from home. Saving time spent not commuting can add hours back into your day. It’s also easier to keep your house clean; while you’re noodling over an algorithm, you can run the vacuum or do the dishes.
- In addition to time, you can save money by not commuting to work. The data shows remote workers save around $4,000 per year working from home. Beyond gas or train fare, remote IT staff can cut coffee stops, reduce eating out, and save money on their professional wardrobe.
- Remote IT workers have more freedom. We mentioned that you can do household chores while you’re troubleshooting a problem in your head. The ability to walk around outside or inside your home or take a break when you need to is an added bonus for remote workers.
- You’ll be happier and less stressed. One study showed that remote workers are 22% happier than employees that don’t work from home.
- For the employer, having employees work from home saves them money. The Stanford study we mentioned earlier showed the employer saved $2,000 per remote worker by saving on office space.
- Increased worker productivity makes business more competitive. This means workers will have more job security. Increasing your remote workforce will also help you retain your teams longer, which is a challenge when your workers are highly in demand, like in the IT field.
- You can take care of your kids or pets if you work remotely. This is particularly important right now when schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working remote helps you become a better parent—or at least a better school teacher.
- Remote workers are more engaged workers. Because these employees are happier, they will be more productive. Because they aren’t interrupted, your IT teams will solve problems more elegantly.
Remote work is a win/win for everyone involved. If you’re an IT worker seeking remote work arrangements, talk to the Blackstone Talent Group team. We can help.