Have you seen any of these gimmicky office designs?
Candy dispensers in conference rooms. Hammocks and indoor treehouses. Tech companies tend to be the worst offenders with the startup favorites: beer taps and table tennis.
Maybe there is fun for a moment when the candy bar drops — but does all that money spent on gimmicks deliver anything meaningful for the people who work there?
For the remote or home worker, the only thing you’ll need to provide is a good device to fit the production needs. All of the other things, including a home cooked meals is what comes naturally from the home environment.
I have to wonder why company founders are trying so hard with these in-office “perks.” I get that the goal is to create collaboration and fun. But I think this is doing more harm than good. And research shows that the problem is only getting worse.
In fact, one study found that the number of people who say they cannot concentrate at their desk has increased by 16 percent since 2008. Also startling: The number of workers who say they do not have access to quiet places to do focused work is up by 13 percent.
It should not matter where people are getting the work done — as long as they are focused and working hard each day. There are more and more tools coming out every single day that makes it easier for the employer to keep track on his remote workers.
Nevertheless, You will notice when your remote assistance is slacking by simply keeping track on the levels of productivity.
I am a true believer that working from home or from a remote location is far better than being stuck at your office environment. I am not alone in this belief. Plenty of studies and surveys show the power of remote work when it comes to productivity.
Here are 5 reasons remote workers outperform office workers:
With no office distractions and greater autonomy, remote workers have the freedom to get more done. This is something most people crave. According to a nationwide survey, 65 percent of workers said that remote work would give their productivity a boost. Another 86 percent said that working alone allows them to hit maximum productivity. When taking on challenging tasks that require a lot of creativity or personal input, the worker that feels the most comfortable in the environment will always perform better.
Despite the distance, remote workers make the best teammates. This is because that distance demands more communication. Without being able to lean on physical proximity, remote workers must reach out to one another frequently and with purpose. This leads to stronger collaboration and camaraderie. The position from working from home is perceived as such so the worker fills into a more supportive role. Being in that mindset assures that the home worker will be a support to the team, making the whole team better and over productive.
Office life is littered with absences — workers who are calling in sick or sneaking out early to run an errand or get to an event on time. But remote workers do not need to make excuses. Since they are not tied to an office, they can design their workday to meet the demands of their lives. If they have a cold, they can work from home without spreading the germs to others. And if they need to run an errand, they can handle it quickly without losing a workday. This ultimately makes remote workers more present for their work and team.
Working from home or a remote locations grants the worker an opportunity to take longer break, recline and relax, and pretty much boost their levels back to start, before returning to their regular job responsibilities. Setting up a home office is still somewhere in between these two worlds, but I’d place it at the office category, only because it restricts the worker to a specific area to work from.
This is totally connected to the presence requirements and it has an amazing impact on the workers morale when doing such.
Working from home is often considered as the most time effective work method. No need for travel to and back from the office, No wasted time on preparing meals and dressing up, as well as planning on what to wear and putting on makeup.
The home worker is ready as soon as he’s up from bed, can catch up on emails while brewing coffee or eating breakfast, or even while doing the morning exercises.
If the average human being tends to waste approximately 2 hours a day while working a 9 to 5 job, the home worker totally makes up for that by being able to work during the time needed for others to get their day started or head back from work.
These are just a few of the reasons that I say the most effective workers are the ones who do not work in an office. Take a graphic designer that is locked up in an office and being asked to be as creative as he can, over a designer who is out there, lives and thrives on the Nomad lifestyle and seeks inspiration everywhere in the open world.
Remote workers are able to cut through the noise and focus on what really matters: meaningful work and being happy doing it.
This is one of the biggest reasons why we see a huge interest even from big corporations in outsourcing to remote workers. We’ve all seen reports of Fortune 500 companies outsourcing various tasks to home workers and as soon as they all start adapting and clicking on all cylinders, they start climbing their way up to the best 100.
No beer taps, no uncomfortable team building meetings, parties or hammocks necessary.
On the other hand, there is no need for setting up fancy offices, dress codes, office managers and random enforcers to keep your office workflow going.
Please keep in mind that not all jobs and tasks can be completed from a remote location. We are focused here solely on the tasks that can be outsourced.
Originally published on https://ibaconnect.com