How popular is it in modern employment? What is it?
The evolution of technology has liberated people from the traditional workplace and the standard nine-to-five working day. ONS’s Annual Population Survey in 2017 found that more than 1.8 million people solely worked at home in the UK.
A further 2.8 million employees worked in different places but kept their home as a base, and this is known as ‘teleworking’. The development of cloud technology, laptops, and smartphones has made it convenient for employees to connect to their main working desk using the internet. Internet speed has improved significantly, aiding employees whilst they access work resources remotely. Business meetings can be conducted thousands of miles apart using video conferencing software, with documents being shared digitally in real time.
Furthermore, companies are trying to recruit top talent by offering a better work-life balance, with teleworking acting as an incentive. This means that employees can complete their required tasks both efficiently and effectively whilst balancing their social life with their working life. Even if employees are not in the office, employers will tend to be satisfied if the work is complete within a given time frame.
Traditionally, teleworkers had been older and highly skilled workers…
In 2017 more than 4.3 million people had teleworked, this encompassed both younger and older demographics. Teleworking is proving to be increasingly more popular with modern day employment. Employers are adapting their working environment to meet requirements for this type of work.
- More free time for employees – Without a commute to a workplace, an employee has more time. The average worker spends 57.1 minutes of their working day commuting, according to the most recent ONS data, with more than 3.7 million people spending more than two hours commuting daily.
- Teleworking gives an extra hour or more to employees which they can use in their personal life. Furthermore, businesses do not have concerns for late employees and an underproductive business.
- Increased job satisfaction – Research shows that remote workers have higher levels of job satisfaction, job-related well-being, and overall are more committed to their company. It was shown in a study that remote workers took fewer breaks, sick days, and made more calls per minute.
- Cost saving for employers – Teleworking saved on average $1,900 per employee over the course of the nine-month study by not having to supply office space and furniture.
- Flexibility – The ability to manage their own time, means employees can work around other commitments. Commitments may burden the employee from wanting a job in the first place.
Having to care for children or elderly parents result in many people not being able to take full-time opportunities. Teleworking makes it convenient for the employer, as they can employ individuals with a specialised skillset even if individuals have other commitments. Many employees would like a full-time opportunity if they can keep using their home to act as their working base.
Better work-life balance – Employees having the freedom to make their own schedule. This will allow for them to make more time for their families, take on exercise, or even consider a side project. All this will lead to improvements in health, emotional well-being, and reduced stress levels. Employers could be expecting more productive employees as a result.
What makes a valuable teleworker?
A remote worker must be self-motivated, disciplined, and able to manage their time. They must also be happy working independently, without the social support that comes from a traditional office, and these are vital qualities to consider if you are looking for remote opportunities.
Here on Zoek, we have over 100,000 jobs available with many companies offering remote working. There are many remote working jobs in London, Manchester, and Newcastle. We wish you good luck on your job hunt!
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