Worker Advantages

Strengthening the Bond

Fading quickly into history are the days of working in an office environment with stale air, rigid dress codes, restrooms shared with coworkers, dreading Monday morning and a long commute. In the book, Deep Change, Quinn (1996)unveils an employee’s perspective of how some could view the toxic side of the workplace: “Here we house the legions of the walking dead. When people join the legions of the walking dead, they begin to live lives of quiet desperation. They tend to experience feelings of meaninglessness, hopelessness, and impotence in their work roles” (p. 20). Imagine a workforce that is thriving outside the office, connecting with others even across miles, and developing a new norm of the workplace.

We are free to work, which is what so many find satisfaction and personal triumph in, and view work as an unique opportunity to be productive in varying environments. It is possible to thrive at work while working remotely and connect with others. What can thriving in one’s work be like?

Thriving is about being energized, feeling valued, feeling what you do is valuable. For me thriving is a sense of connectedness. Feeling good about what you do. So thriving is being productive, still being able to learn new things. I think thriving is being open to challenges presented and to learn and grow, and having those opportunities to grow. I know thriving as I feel it. It is like going forward. It is not staying in place. It is not stagnant. You are moving forward; not necessarily in job titles or positions, but just being able to move forward thinking and in the activities that you are engaged in and in your mindset, all of those things. (Spreitzer, et al., 2005,  p. 538)

Thriving at work and connecting with others can be applied to the remote experience. Strengthening bonds all while working outside of the office environment – what an innovative and untapped perspective on the potential of remote work! The possibilities of remote are endless. Throwing off the confines of the office and going on an remote adventure can make one feel a sense of excitement to thrive in their role outside of the traditional office. As organizations and professionals continue to view remote work as a viable option, the credibility and opportunities for a remote workforce will increase.

Your employees have chosen to work at your organization for a variety of reasons, and over time, your team has developed a bond. By offering employees the opportunity to work remotely, you can strengthen that bond.  

Remote work delivers a bundle of perks to employees. Remote workers save money on gas, vehicle maintenance, fast food, and other expenses associated with working onsite. The biggest appeal of remote work may be its positive effect on quality of life. Remote work allows employees to reduce or eliminate the stress of commuting, which supports a better work/life balance. All of this contributes to higher job satisfaction and employee retention.  

Yes, remote work has the potential to strengthen the bond between your employees and your organization. You can fully realize that potential with professional development courses from WorkforceRemote.org.   

Remote worker in a coffee shop

References

Spreitzer, G. Sutcliffe, J., et al. (2005). A socially embedded model of thriving at work. JSTOR.

Quinn, R. (1996). Deep change: Discovering the leader within. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Advantages for Workers

Let’s explore the benefits (expected and unexpected) enjoyed by workers who have embraced remote work. Listen to the video or read the transcript below to learn more.

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The Financial and Lifestyle Advantages of Remote Work

The trend towards remote work is not just a response to global events but a shift that reflects the deep-seated preferences and financial interests of employees. There are compelling reasons why remote work is not only preferred but celebrated by many. This article delves into the multifaceted benefits of remote work, emphasizing the financial savings and lifestyle improvements it offers.

Significant Savings on Direct Costs

One of the most tangible benefits of remote work is the substantial savings on direct costs. For employees who previously commuted to an office, the expenses can be considerable. In Alabama, for example, gas prices have surged by 74% in the last 15 months. Automotive maintenance costs have not been spared, with a 3 to 5% increase in the last year alone. In 2021, Alabama drivers found themselves paying more for vehicle repairs than drivers in 38 other states.

Clothing and grooming present another set of expenses that are significantly reduced with remote work. Women, in particular, face higher costs, spending an estimated 76% more on clothing than men. Additionally, women spend more than $2,000 per year on cosmetics and moisturizers, dedicating nearly one hour each workday to grooming. Child care is another significant expense, with the typical Alabama family spending nearly 12% of their gross income on it. Reducing or eliminating the need for before and after school child care can offer considerable financial relief.

Lunch breaks, while beneficial for socializing, add to the financial burden, with daily purchases accumulating over time. Other direct costs associated with office work include road tolls, higher insurance premiums, breakfasts on the go, and dry cleaning.

The Impact of Indirect Costs

Beyond the direct costs, remote work also alleviates various indirect costs. Exhausted from the workday, many individuals resort to takeout food, spending more than $2,000 annually. The convenience of shopping on a tight schedule often comes with a premium price.

When adjusting for Alabama’s cost of living, the average office worker spends over $5,000 annually related to their job. This figure jumps to more than $6,000 in areas like Baldwin County with a higher cost of living. It’s important to note that these estimates do not account for the current double-digit inflation, which exacerbates these costs further.

The Psychological and Productivity Benefits

Apart from the financial aspects, remote work offers significant psychological benefits. Commuting is a major source of stress, affecting mental health and family relationships. The convenience of remote work is seen as a major stress reliever, particularly as it minimizes the interruptions experienced in an office setting. Studies have shown that it takes over 23 minutes to regain focus after each interruption, highlighting the productivity benefits of a remote working environment.

Remote workers often report a higher productivity level compared to their office-based counterparts. The flexibility to manage family responsibilities, focus on personal well-being, enjoy home-cooked meals, and engage in regular exercise contributes to a healthier work-life balance. In essence, remote work not only acts as a financial benefit but also enhances the quality of life, offering a semblance of a pay raise through cost savings and promoting a more satisfying and balanced lifestyle.

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