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Remote - the demand
A recent report by Zapier4 found that 95% of people want to work remotely, with 74% willing to hand in their notice to join a company that lets them work from anywhere
Yet 31% say their employers don’t allow it. Part of the problem is the misconception that staff can’t be trusted to work productively without a manager’s watchful eye.
Remote - the equalizer
Remote working can help shrink the gender pay gap too, especially for those with children. Many mothers are forced to work below their pay grades and skillset, reduce their hours, or even give up work altogether in order to balance work and caring responsibilities, according to research by BITC.
A report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission advises that remote working is the best way to combat this inequality.
Being able to control working schedules and location around family emergencies, last-minute trips to the doctor, or the school run, is invaluable for mothers looking to balance their careers with childcare.
Remote - the environment
Virtual workforces are paving the way for a world where the commute – and the associated carbon footprint – is no longer a significant part of working life. Sara Sutton, the founder of FlexJobs, has calculated that her business saves the environment from 438 tonnes of emissions a year - the equivalent of taking 75 cars off the road.12 Imagine if every business did the same?
Office space provider Regus investigated that very idea and found that by 2030, U.S. workers could reduce their carbon footprint by 100 million tonnes, and UK workers by 7.8 million tonnes if they abandoned the commute and worked from home instead.
Millennials and those about to enter the workplace are increasingly looking for businesses that are generating more than just profit. Simply put, they don’t want to work for companies that don’t value the same things they do. According to a report by Deloitte, 27% of millennials think businesses should improve and protect the environment, but only 12% believe they actually do.
And 38% would reduce their relationship with a business if their products or services had a negative impact on the environment. The report ends by recommending that business leaders should “balance profit with protecting the planet” to inspire loyalty and engage younger workers. Ditching the physical office and, by extension, the commute, and adopting a digital workplace instead, could be a good start.
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