Countless organizations have gone remote since the pandemic. The biggest reason is that remote workers are more productive. BCG surveyed 12000 remote professionals (from HR to engineers and data analysts). They found that 75% of them increased productivity. Many companies have reported remote workers are 15-45% more productive than office workers.
Here are 4 reasons:
1. Freedom to choose working hours
Some people are at peak energy levels in the mornings, while others are productive at night. But, the in-office environment forces all to work in a rigid 9-5 schedule.
That’s not the case with remote work. Employees can choose their working hours according to their routines to fuel their creativity and productivity.
This way, workers can capitalize on their productivity slots without being forced to change their habits. The more you do this, the more productive you’ll be.
2. Fewer distractions
At the office, you have plenty of distractions. There’s a colleague wanting to engage in small talk, office politics, chaos, frequent meetings, background noise, micromanagement, clutter, and whatnot.
How much you try, you can’t control or curb them. And so all these decrease your focus and force you to multitask—making you less productive.
But, with remote work, you’ve total control to design a productive workspace. You can build a home office and instruct your family members to disturb you not during working hours—-so you can work without distractions.
Plus, there are no co-workers to interrupt you frequently. You’ll get as many hours as you want to do deep work without anyone/anything bothering you.
3. Less stress
It’s no secret that less stress improves your job satisfaction and productivity. But how does remote work help with that?
a) You won’t have to worry about the daily commute stuck in traffic. Get up in the morning, freshen yourself, and start working.
b) Now that you aren’t at the mercy of a 9-5 schedule, you can rest whenever you want and work accordingly.
c) Avoid office stressors: gossip, frequent interruptions, unsatisfactory working conditions, and more. Instead, work in a quieter environment at your home office.
d) Spending time with your family and friends reduces stress. Remote work allows you to do this often.
4. Improved work-life balance
Remote work means you can:
a) Control over your schedule,
b) Do tasks efficiently (due to working according to your energy levels),
c) Spend more time with family and friends (time saved from not commuting),
d) Have time for yourself (hobbies, self-reflection, and rest).
All this improves your work-life balance, which in turn has a positive impact on your mental health. And if you’re mentally healthy, you won’t have negative thoughts, stay active, be creative, and work efficiently—all vital ingredients to work productivity.