The idea of exploring new places and cultures is appealing to a lot of people. More often than not, one of the main deterrents to this dream is the necessity to keep a stable income. In the past, this nomadic lifestyle was possible only for a select few professions such as travel writers, bloggers, airline personnel, and others working in the travel industry. However, more employers are embracing the possibility of having a truly virtual workforce and encouraging employees to work from any place they choose.
How does this help employees?
Creating a work culture and policies that allow employees to work from home benefits the employer and the employee. Employees are happier and more engaged when they have the flexibility of working from anywhere. Studies have shown that allowing employees to work from anywhere boosts their productivity by up to 4.4%. When employees do not have to commute to work every day, they are not bound to a specific city or geographic location.
They could choose a home that is further away from the office. Since offices are usually located in cities, this choice to work from anywhere can help employees to move to a quieter, lower-cost residential location. As the cost of renting a home makes up the largest portion of an average employee’s monthly expenses, a work-from-anywhere policy can help employees save a significant amount of money.
Work from anywhere policies give employees the chance to balance work and other responsibilities. Earlier, parents to young children, caregivers to older parents, or ailing family members were forced to choose between spending time at the workplace or with their loved ones. With the flexibility to work from anywhere, more people can join the workforce.
How does this help employers?
When employees work from anywhere that they choose, employers benefit in some tangible ways. Renting or buying commercial office space is a recurring expense. When companies permit employees to work from anywhere, the need to lease, buy or rent and maintain a large office diminishes. Employers who still want to provide a physical location for employees to work from can rent out a smaller office or co-working space. Happier employees stay longer and reduce attrition and this consequently results in lower costs for hiring and training employees. Employers can choose from a wider pool of talent to meet their requirements as now they are not restricted to candidates from a specific geographic location.
How does this change the world around us?
More companies worldwide are accepting, even encouraging employees to work from home. This is great news for people who like traveling and living in natural locations. The trend has even given rise to sustainable designs more tailored to nomadic living.
When the office can be anywhere, vehicle usage will decline, reducing carbon emissions and pollution. This trend will allow smaller towns and rural areas to grow as they will attract more residents who have a choice to work from their homes. Employees who had to be turned away because of visa restrictions can relocate to another location and continue working for the same employer.
If the thought of living and working anywhere sounds appealing, provisions must be made to secure properties while residents are away. A new location might sometimes throw up unprecedented challenges. Study the locality before making a decision to move and search resources online to find out more about securing a property. The work-from-anywhere trend has measurable benefits for employees, employers, and society. Though some industries such as manufacturing and health care will not be able to adopt a work-from-anywhere policy effectively, other industries are quickly adapting to this new way of working.