March 31, 2020Small businesses
The business world has been forced to consider remote working, whether they’re ready for it not. The
COVID-19 pandemic means the world has had an unprecedented impact on how businesses work. For
some companies, they were already experienced with their teams working from home. For others, this
has been a scary and sudden change that they are still coming to terms with. In this article, we’re going
to share 5 statistics about remote working that will hopefully provide comfort for you.
1. Employee Retention
According to research by Gartner, in companies that embrace remote working, employee
retention is known to increase by 10%. In this decade, remote working will stop becoming a ‘perk’
and begin to be expected. Younger generations especially want to be able to have more
flexibility in their working arrangements.
2. Eradicating the Commute!
For some people, the morning commute is the bane of their life. More than this, it’s also
environmentally damaging. According to Pow Wow Now, 45% of employees face an hour long
commute every day or more. That’s 10 hours per week, 520 hours per year. People just over 21
days every year to a commute – a crazy thing to consider. Of course, with remote working, your
team’s commute will be around 30 seconds – simply the walk from bed to the desk.
3. More Common Than You Think…
The Office of National Statistics have published a report stating that the number of employees in
the UK who have begun working from home has increased by nearly a quarter of a million over
the last decade. We think the crisis we currently find ourselves in will leave an impact on remote
working in the sense that once the pieces are in place – many companies may decide to
continue with remote working.
4. Less Distraction
In a Flexjobs survey, it was found that 75% of people who are working from home are doing so
because they experience less distractions. You’d think there are more distractions at home, but
when you stop to think about the office environment – it is an extremely distracting place to be.
Whether it’s the phone ringing, chats about last night’s Game of Thrones episode or the hourly
“Shall we pop the kettle on?” from the team.
5. Improves Hiring
For some people, the promise of remote working is what would entice them to a position. In fact,
a recent report suggests that as much as 70% of employees would feel that the promise of
flexible working makes a job more attractive. More than this, with a strong remote working setup
(we’ll get to that in a minute!) also allows you to break down geographical boundaries when it
comes to hiring. You’re more likely to find great people if you can hire someone who lives in
anywhere in the UK, as opposed to just in your town!
Hopefully, these statistics have demonstrated why remote working could be more than just a temporary
solution for the difficult time we find ourselves in. We’re here to provide the support you need. One of
the scariest parts of remote working is communication. How will we still communicate, how will my
customers reach me and how will I reach them?!
Unite Telecom Small Biz are here for you. Our solutions are wide ranging and we have years of
experience so can provide you with the best solution for you and your situation. It can be as simple as
having our mobile app set up, allowing you to handle your customer calls, video conferences and staff
extensions all from your mobile.
Get in touch with us today and get a free quote today.