1. Cutting down on commute time - as someone who lives in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), one of the cities which has the longest commute times currently, I often wonder how many of my neighbours sustain it day in and day out. Imagine commuting for an hour plus each way each day - that means almost 10 -12 hours of commute time a week. The toll on people's health, well-being and mindset can be huge. What would you do with an extra 10 hours of time in your week? I know for me it allows me to fit in a couple of swims a week, time for care for my parents and also my son.
2 Reducing the footprint, and cost of, physical office space. In many urban centers the cost of physical rent is astronomical. Smarter office design, along with remote working arrangements for some or all employees can reduce the footprint of many organizations What changes has your office made in the last decade around work space and design?
3. Leveraging the best of the best regardless of location - Remote work arrangements also allow employers to tap into the best talent, regardless of location. For most top talent, the ability to be able to work autonomously with minimal supervision is the norm. Top talent will also be able to identify when collaboration and face to face time will benefit their work.
4. Productivity without all the interruptions. The cost of interruptions within the context of a day is staggering. Check out this past post, Teams365 #629, I wrote on the cost of interruptions, and how to manage them. Even if working remote is only an option several days a week, employees may notice higher rates of productivity and getting things done from their own remote location. What is the impact, and cost of interruptions, in your workplace?
What do you see as benefits to remote work for you, your team or your organization? What would it take to enable more workers to work remotely, even a couple of times a month?
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