Efficient Driving – Reducing the Need to Travel
Thanks to email and the internet, remote working is a practical proposition for many employees and allows them to fulfil their work commitments without the need to either travel to the office or your clients’ offices.
Whilst this method of business is not suitable for every individual or business scenario, practices such as working at home and video conferencing at least make remote working an alternative worthy of consideration.
The benefits of working remotely
- Reduces the need to travel – either to work or a client meeting – which saves time, money and the environment. Even working from home once a fortnight reduces an employee’s commuting time by 10%.
- Improved quality of life for employees, because it is easier to combine work and family commitments.
- Easier to concentrate and less unnecessary interruptions.
- Saves space at the office and allows ‘hot-desking’, potentially resulting in reduced building costs.
- Increased flexibility for employees.
The barriers to working remotely
- Self-motivation of employees is required as there are no managers around to ensure work is being completed efficiently and on time.
- Not in the office for important meetings.
- Absence of the personal touch with colleagues or clients.
- Often heavy reliance on technology – if machinery malfunctions, there is no one around to repair it.
How can you effectively introduce remote working into your organisation?
- Installing video conferencing.
- Encourage a home/work balance in your organisation.
- Trust your staff to self-motivate.
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