In an age where it’s no longer mandatory for a white collar employee to travel to the office on a daily basis, there are many misconceptions on how exactly remote job positions work. Writers, programmers, bloggers, and graphic designers aren’t constricted by having a standard nine to five job due to advances in technology such as cloud-based storage, internet conference calls, and the plethora of applications available to make turning in work to a client thousands of miles away possible in milliseconds. Having a remote job allows for a flexible schedule, the ability to work from anywhere with an internet connection, and also the opportunity to make a salary while sitting at home. However, there are some disadvantages to having a company based completely online, for both employers and employees. Here’s a look at the top ten surprising facts and statistics to being apart of a completely virtual company.
1. You Can Do Your Work From Anywhere
For the majority of virtual employees around the world, this is potentially the most enticing and satisfying part of being a remote worker. A stable internet connection and a laptop allow you to write your articles at a cafe, or finish your graphic design in the middle of Central Park, or finish the coding of a website in your bed. According to Bnet, 40% of telecommuting employees work from somewhere else besides their home.
2. There are Distractions Everywhere
According to Mashable, working from home can potentially decrease levels of productivity by 10%. This is because of the amount of other things you feel required to do while at home. In a survey conducted by the media site, 31% of telecommuting workers states that household chores get in the way of finishing work. TV and pets decreased productivity according to 26% of those surveyed.
3. More and More Telecommuting Jobs Will Be Available
According to an infographic by WorkSimple, 61% of the currently employed people in the American workforce believe that their companies will let more people telecommute over the next three years. It’s an area of work that is constantly increasing as technology gives us the necessary tools to work from home.
4. Working at Home is bad for Rote Tasks
Remote workers are 6-10% less productive when tasked with repetitive jobs, according to a recent article in Inc. magazine.
5. However, It’s Good for Creative Work
Remote workers are 11-20% more productive when performing creative tasks.
6. Telecommuting is Cheaper For Employers and Employees
$11,000 is the amount of money saved on rent, transportation, etc., if an employee with a telecommuting job works at home half-the-time.
7. Not Every Telecommuter is Lazy
According to Bnet, 17% of telecommuters spend less than an hour actually working. However, 35% work eight hours or more, and 40% work four to seven hours.
8. Businesses Only Let the 5% Work from Home
Here’s a quote from Kate Lister, President of Global Workplace Analytics. “The people who are allowed to telecommute now tend to be the oldest, highest paid, and most trusted employees. I call it the 5 percent privilege. Businesses need to get past that.”
9. Telecommuting Has Equal Benefits for Employers and Employees
According to Flexjobs, employee retention rates, engagement, and productivity levels are reasons alone for any smart, savvy company that want to get the most out of their workers.
10. Office-Based Employees Are All Using Virtual Teaming Technologies
Over 60% of office-based employees are using texting, instant messaging, and teleconferencing already in their daily routines, according to GetWorkSimple.