What are the benefits of working from home for employees, as well as their employer?
As offices close all around the world and staff are finding themselves working from home, it’s obvious the Australian workplace culture is drastically changing.
The early wake-ups, the long commute to work and getting all dressed up for work must seem like a distance memory for a lot of working-from-home (WFH) Australians at the moment.
According to statistics, approximately 99% of Australians would opt to work remotely, at least part-time, for the rest of their careers. Whilst WFH is not only convenient in reducing travel time to work or getting more of a sleep-in, but…
With one-third of Australians working from home during the last few months due to the pandemic, 2/3 of employees claim to be more productive WFH rather than being in the office.
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Benefits of WFH for Employees:
The majority of workers report the most advantageous aspect of WFH is the flexibility in having an enjoyable work-life balance.
Social researcher Mark McCrindle found that 45% of Australians favoured the flexibility in juggling work-life tasks whilst WFH. This allows Australians to:
- Spend more time with their families
- Doing household chores
- Working undistracted
- Flexible working hours
Benefits of WFH for Employers:
In addition, not only is working from home beneficial for employees it’s particularly beneficial for employers.
Mr Ashton, Chief executive of Worley a global engineering group exclaimed:
“The way we’re going to work going forward is never going to be the same as what it was pre-COVID”.
Projecting to save approximately $70 million in costs by the end of 2021, Worley has significantly reduced costs with their employees working from home.
Therefore, this is an opportunity for Australian businesses to significantly reduce costs on:
- Renting space
- Business resources
- Business travel
Whether an employee or an employer, working from home seems to be beneficial to all. Working from home perhaps may be here to stay with greater opportunities for Australians to maintain a work-life balance.