As South Africa continues to make its economic recovery as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses’ have had to make the difficult decision in closing their doors and working from home for the employees’ safety.
What does it mean to work remotely?
While it may seem daunting at first, working remotely can be quite efficient and less stressful. The most obvious advantage is you get to cut out the hours you spend sitting in traffic.
Remote working or ‘telecommuting’ means that instead of coming into work, you can work in any environment whether it’s at home, your own office space or even a coffee shop. Thanks to the digital age, you can complete assigned tasks, projects, campaigns, communicate and manage your team anywhere, as long as you have a laptop and stable internet connection.
Growing in popularity, remote working has gradually changed the way we work, the tools we use and how we communicate with others. What was once a rarity in most sectors, has quickly become a defining feature for the future of work.
Better life balance
Offering workers more flexibility in their hours, employees can now choose the time they wish to start and end their day, while still ensuring that their hours required are met. This is extremely beneficial as it allows you to have control over your schedule especially when it comes to your personal life needs.
With so many South Africans relying on public transport to get to work, working remotely lightens the burden and stress of travelling into work. By working from home, employees no longer have to worry about the stress of getting to work on time or sitting in traffic, allowing you to focus on getting more rest or simply having more time to have a healthy breakfast.
One of the key benefits of working from home is having the luxury of having control over your location. While some employees may have not had access to the tools and resources needed to work from home, those who do can work from anywhere, anytime. For employers, it lightens the load on paying for office rental space, especially if they’re located in a city with a higher cost of living.
Offering quite a few benefits, it is clear that working remotely won’t just be something that works at present but instead could be something many more businesses will continue to implement in the near future.
Written by Aaliyah Fortuin