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What Does Working Remotely Mean and Should You Hire Remote Employees?

Ever heard of working remotely?

In recent years, coupled with the rise of the gig economy, working remotely has become very popular in Singapore. It is a convenient arrangement for both the employer and the employee.

A remote employee is one who works outside of the office premises of the organisation. If you choose to work remotely, you can work from home or any other suitable location and only go to the office for official meetings or updates. Research has shown that 11% of employees prefer to work in the office full-time, while 17% prefer to work remotely.

However, 29% of employees prefer to spend time working in both locations, which is half in the office and half remotely. They like having some flexibility.

There are different locations where you can choose to work from remotely. Here are some of them.

  • You can work from home, from a café or even a library. The essential point is that you choose a location that is comfortable and convenient for you to work effectively.
  • You can also work in a co-working space where you will share the working space with others who are involved with other companies. This is a hub that will have technology and connectivity within the premises. You will have the benefit of having an informal environment as well as some office amenities in this coworking space.
  • A third option is that you could choose to work remotely in a different country. The advantage of this different environment is that you may get new ideas and concepts which could be useful in your work.

There are several sources in Singapore where you can find remote work. Some of these are given below.

  • AngelList is a website where you can apply to get a remote job opportunity. On this website, you can choose whether you want to work remotely on a part-time or full-time basis.
  • We Work Remotely is a network that has many users. Many employers look for people to work remotely from this platform.
  • Other job sites where you can get remote work are Jobspresso, Hubstaff, Remotive and GrowthHackers.

Once you begin to work remotely, it will be wise for you to take note of the following tips so as to maximise your productivity.

  • Have a committed working space.

If you are working from home, have a room that is dedicated for work. This should be a place where there is minimum disturbance from family and friends. This will encourage you to be serious with your work once you enter this designated work space.

  • Track your time.

You should make good use of your hours by having a tracking sheet to analyse how your time is spent every day. Allocate a time period for each task and stick to it. This will help you to meet your work targets efficiently.

  • Ignore what is not urgent.

If an issue comes up during your working hours, do not attend to it unless it is urgent. It is important that people around you know that you have a strict work schedule even though you are working from home.

 

Benefits of working remotely 

Working remotely gives employees more freedom and many other benefits as well. You will get to plan your own schedule and will definitely not have your boss breathing down your neck. Some of these are given below.

1. Flexibility

This is one of the most obvious benefits of working remotely. You are free to control your own time as a remote employee. Therefore, you will be able to plan for many other important activities such as spending quality time with family and friends. You will also have an opportunity to engage in personal development ventures like attending classes to further your education or include exercises to better your health! 

2. Saves time and money

As a remote employee, you will not need to commute to the office every day. Therefore, you will save the entire cost of driving your car or purchasing bus and train tickets. This could have a significant positive impact on your budget. You will also be able to save the time that you would have spent in traffic while commuting to and from work. Imagine that extra hour of sleep you could get by working from home!

3. Can work from anywhere

The ability to work from any location is another advantage of being employed remotely. You could choose to work from the comfort of your couch or even from outdoors at a poolside. For those who enjoy travelling, you could choose to work from another country as long as there is an internet connection.

4. Freedom from dominant supervisors

Working remotely will give you the relief of being physically separated from any supervisor who has a tendency to be dominant and overbearing. Some bosses tend to micromanage and it gets tough for the company. Productivity might even be compromised. For many employees, the physical separation from such a boss will give them peace of mind to focus and accomplish their work efficiently without any intimidation.

5. Lower stress levels

Research has shown that 55% of employees feel stressed because of having to commute on a daily basis. Being a remote employee eliminates the hassle of having to commute, and this results in lower stress levels. Generally, remote employees are more relaxed and are under less pressure when compared to those who need to go to the office daily. If you are facing a lot of stress, here’s an article that might help to lower it.

6. Increased level of passion

Becoming a remote employee will tend to make you more passionate about your job because of the better working environment that you will enjoy once you are out of the office. The good atmosphere will help in making you more enthusiastic about your work, leading to an increase in productivity.

7. Increased creativity

Working outside the office can increase your level of creativity. You may be inspired by what you see at your location, whether it is outdoors, or even in another country. It is easier to get creative ideas when you are in a different environment because you are exposed to a greater variety.

8. No pressure for a dress code

You are free to dress any way when you are remotely employed. There is no pressure to be dressed officially in a tie or dress suit unless you have a meeting with a client. This will also reduce your budget for clothes significantly because official wear is usually quite costly, and you would have to buy several suits if you were to wear them to the office every day.

 

Apart from the benefits enjoyed by the employee, the employer will stand to gain as well! 

  • Higher productivity

Research has shown that remote employees tend to have a higher rate of productivity. This is because of the relaxed and conducive atmosphere enjoyed when working from a suitable location. The high productivity will lead to higher profits for the company.

  • Savings on costs

Employers who hire remote employees will enjoy some savings on costs such as rent and furniture. There will be no need to get a very big office space because the remote employees will not spend too much time in the office. The employer will also not need to purchase a lot of furniture because only a few workstations will be needed.

  • Higher employee retention rate

Generally, employers who hire remote employees tend to have a higher staff retention rate.  This is probably because of the more accommodative terms and conditions of working outside the office. This high retention rate will save the employer the hassle of hiring new employees every so often. It will also ensure the smooth continuity of the business.

As a conclusion, working remotely is steadily gaining popularity in Singapore. It should be encouraged because there are several benefits that will be enjoyed by both the employer and the employee in this type of arrangement.