Laura Miller: 7 Reasons Why Working From Home Is Worth It: Broadband Breakfast
Long before the pandemic forcibly introduced the concept of “work from home” nationwide, companies like TempDev were doing work from home directly. As a computer engineer, I’ve run a fully remote health information technology consultancy and advisory firm for 14 years, focused on next generation health software.
As the business world has recently sought to implement, support, learn, and be productive in a remote existence, established home-based businesses have been left unscathed. Here are seven reasons I think work from home could stay here.
1. Large pool of employees / job opportunities
Sometimes a company’s needs do not match the talent available. When a company doesn’t rely on physical space to house employees, those employees can come from anywhere in the world. This selection enables companies to choose the perfect solution for their needs. In addition, it offers job seekers a wider range of positions, which means that the opportunity to find their ideal job is much greater.
“Building, growing and caring for a family should be viewed positively. Getting sick shouldn’t mean losing your job and health insurance. We need to remember where our priorities and values are, ”says Miller. Employers who run remote businesses like Miller know that most families don’t fit within the confines of a 9-to-5 work schedule. Remote working enables employees and employers to work at any time of the day. Without clocking in and reporting sick, the work is done with less effort and stress. In addition, the flexibility of the home office facilitates scheduling, school transport and school visits without any loss of work.
3. Child care
Working from home still requires undivided attention, but those who work this way have found that their childcare issues are much easier to deal with. There is no rush to settle and no delay when it comes to “meltdowns”. Some teleworkers still take kids to daycare, but the ride is more leisurely when the rush to work is removed from the equation afterward.
4. Elimination of commuting
For some people, getting to work can take hours. Eliminating this factor is beneficial in several ways and not only brings valuable time back into your day. No commuting saves fuel and protects your vehicle. Employers don’t have to worry about being late, missing a beat or getting excited after a miserable commute.
5. Diversity and Inclusion
The ability to tune from anywhere allows for much greater variety. In this case, diversity relates to race and culture, and includes factors such as experience, education, and perspective. A diverse workforce can approach a concept or problem from all angles and arrive at the best solution. In addition, employees who may be introverted or suffering from social anxiety have the opportunity to be part of a team and use their expertise without the stress of a physical workplace.
6. Casual atmosphere
People may joke about staying in their sweatpants all day and not taking a shower, but you have to admit that this situation is a very welcome option some days. Not having to worry about dress codes or uniforms saves everyone money and time. The casual atmosphere seems to appeal to many people who love to be relaxed and comfortable at work.
7. No brick and mortar costs
Some home-based businesses have home office space that they only use for special projects or occasional meetings. With this type of restricted use, companies can make significant savings. However, with modern technology, most remote businesses do not need this space. Employers who work 100 percent remotely get an even bigger break because they don’t have office space costs. There are no rental or mortgage payments. No electricity or water bills. No office furniture – none of the regular costs of a stationary office space. These savings increase profitability and enable the company to pay its employees competitive salaries and offer attractive fringe benefits. These savings also redirect funding to reflect the best and most current spending on software and other technology.
While everyone is glad that most of the effects caused by pandemics will go away forever, one could stay here. Remote working – an annoying key to daily operations for many companies a year ago – has likely become standard for many.
For companies like TempDev, work during the pandemic was unscathed as we had already taken advantage of remote operations. And now that the difficult spots are a distant memory for others, more companies can continue to work remotely in the future.
Laura Miller is the founder and CEO of TempDev, a statewide health information technology consultancy specializing in NextGen EPM and EHR and development. She combines a technical background and commercial skills in order to create holistic and sustainable solutions with positive financial and operational effects.
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