Way back in 2016, PwC published a Consumer Intelligence Series document titled Work-life 3.0: Understanding How We’ll Work Next. It contained a treasure trove of great information on how employers and employees viewed the future of the workplace. That future lets employees work from home. And now, more workers than ever before are discovering the benefits of working remotely.
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PwC derived the report from a survey of 1,385 U.S. workers. PwC cited the following details:
- Commonness: Thirty-eight percent of employees said they were already able to work from home at least one day a week.
- Happiness: Those employees had notably higher job satisfaction compared to traditional practice. They were 48 percent more likely to rate their job a 10/10 on the happiness scale.
- Flexibility: Small businesses were far more flexible than larger companies when it came to taking advantage of remote work spaces. While 86 percent of workers in large companies would have liked to work remotely one or more days a week, only 26 percent did. By contrast, more than half of small-business workers said they worked remotely.
- Satisfaction: That said, many large companies had implemented work-from-home policies within their organizations with much success—and appreciation from employees. At Microsoft, more than 40 percent of employees reported being able to work from home, and 70 percent of Microsoft employees cited high job satisfaction.
- Correlation: Similarly, at Cisco, where 67 percent of employees said they could telecommute or work remotely, 75 percent of employees said they were highly satisfied with their jobs.
- Productivity: Not only did work-from-home flexibility boost morale, it also drove up productivity. The Chinese travel website Ctrip gave its call center staff the chance to work from home for nine months. Ctrip found that those who worked from home completed 13.5 percent more calls than the in-office staff did. They also quit at half the rate of people in the office. These benefits ultimately saved Ctrip an estimated $1,900 per employee over the nine-month period.
ProEdit transitioned to a 100-percent work-from-home company back in 2015. We were not surprised to see that our experiences mirrored those expressed in PwC’s report from the same time period, way before COVID-19. Routinely working from home is not for everyone. However, it’s a great fit for our current team here at ProEdit.
We enjoy lower costs, reduced turnover, higher productivity, access to a larger talent pool, and a healthier work-life balance. These are just some of the benefits that our employees point to for why we never, ever, ever plan to work from a traditional office again.
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