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Working Remotely Makes Your Business More Time Efficient
The average American worker reports that he or she "works" just over forty hours per week, but how much of that time is actually spent working? Studies of office work flows and worker productivity suggest that, in fact, a surprisingly small portion of those forty-plus hours truly go towards work that is productive and increases a business's revenue.
Instead, much of the time that is intended for work gets spent on activities that are, at best, tangentially related to the tasks at hand. Things like commuting, socializing in the office, surfing the internet, and procrastinating fill a much larger portion of the average worker's time that most managers and bosses would like to imagine. Cutting down on those activities and encouraging more truly productive work is one of the best ways for businesses to get more out of their employees.
But how to do that? Well, there are number of approaches, but one that seems to work especially well is adopting remote access work systems that allow employees to work while at home, at their favorite coffee shop, or anywhere else they might choose. But how does removing employees from an office—the traditional setting for work—make them more productive workers? There are a number of reasons, but here are some of the most important ones.
Eight Full Hours of Work
The typical worker spends eight hours per day working, and doesn't want to work any more than that. And though managers may not consider time spent commuting to work, visiting the break room, or chatting with co-workers to be real "work," in their employees' minds, these things do count toward their eight hours. So if commuting and conversing takes up two hours a day, then the employee may only be doing six hours of actual, productive work. And there's little that employers can do about this, short of eliminating the unproductive activities—which is exactly what remote access work systems do. Remote access workers don't have to waste time on the subway, or in their car, and they have far fewer temptations around that will distract them while working. So instead of losing productive hours on activities unrelated to work, these employees can do eight full hours of productive, profitable work.
One of the biggest culprits in "productivity drain" is procrastination. Though employees know they should be working, instead they waste time surfing the internet, talking on the telephone, or chatting with the employee in the next cubicle over. This is frustrating for employers, because no matter how much they may encourage their employees to work harder, procrastination will still chip away at the employees' productivity and output. The solution, it seems, is not to discourage the procrastination, but to combat the causes of procrastination. And what are those? Researcher tell us that the main cause of procrastination are dissatisfaction and disinterest. In effect, workers who enjoy their jobs more will work harder, work longer, and they'll be less likely to waste time on the typical procrastinating activities. And not only that, but workers who have freedom to work from home tend to be happier and more satisfied, which makes them less apt to procrastinate. So if companies want to reduce time lost procrastination, one of the best solutions might be freeing their employees to work from home.
Less Unnecessary Work
In the average workplace, a lot of administrative time and effort is devoted to activities that don't directly relate to the heart of the business. Things like maintaining the office space, ordering new office supplies, and addressing small problems that arise around the office can sap almost all of an administrator's time. And this is despite the fact that these activities do almost nothing to increase a business's profitability or value to its clients. Remote access work systems, on the other hand, cut down on the amount of this "unnecessary work." When companies can get rid of their office space, or have their employees use their own computers, then the amount of administrative time dedicated to up keeping those parts of those business can disappear almost entirely, and administrative staff can redirect their efforts to things that are more important and profitable for the company.
Perhaps most importantly, remote access work systems make employees happier and more productive, which means they tend to accomplish more in less time. Not only will they spend more time on things that truly matter for the business, but the amount they accomplish in eight hours of "real work" will increase, sometimes very considerably. This is the definition of working smarter, not harder: Without working one minute more, employees increase the amount that they accomplish. This means they have more free time for themselves, and their managers see increases in total productivity. That is the sort of change that everybody can agree upon, and it is made possible by simply adopting remote access working systems, which almost any business can do with relatively little investment of time, money, or effort.