What does the remote work trend mean for employee mood?

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Remote work is a buzzword this year…

As technology evolves, so do work trends.

When you think of remote work, you might think of laying on a beach, coffee cup in your lounge chair drink holder, sun shining, laptop open while you Gchat with the office. But is it really all that and more? Does remote work make employees happier or more productive?

With tools like Skype and Slack, it’s easier than ever to work wherever you have an Internet connection. Remote work, remote teams or mixed teams of both remote and non-remote workers was one of Forbes work trends in 2017.

What does working remotely mean?

According to the article, “A study exploring the gig economy found that 93% of companies already identify the blended workforce as they’re seeing freelance workers teaming up with employees to work on projects together”.

The same article details that companies find this option gives more flexibility to the business. Other companies are starting to offer flexible remote working options as a perk to employees.

This article states, “In a recent study, we found that compared to two years ago, work flexibility is the top employee benefit (over healthcare in 2014) globally yet only a third of companies offer it.”

FlexJobs, a popular remote job search board, saw their listing increase 36% in 2016. Plus, we’ve seen growing popularity of flexible or remote work programs like Remote Year or Jobtrippin’. Programs like these allow participants to travel and work at the same time.

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How happy are you at work?

However, does remote work have an effect on workplace happiness? Does remote work make teams more productive or individuals more engaged?

This article found that remote workers were not only happier, but more productive, felt more valued but also felt like they had clearer, more constant communication with managers.

According to the article, on a 1 to 10 scale (in answer to the question, “How happy are you at work?”) remote workers scored 8.10. The same article stated that “in answer to the question, “How valued do you feel at work?” – remote workers scored 7.75, compared to all workers’ 6.69.”

Adding to these stats, a survey from this remote work job search site showed that 31% of respondents said that the biggest advantage of remote work was freedom, 27% said it was flexibility. 25% of respondents said that they were more productive while working remotely.

Smiley direct feedback from your staff to increase wellbeingOne our users, Levi from user Potash Corp saw these benefits first hand after implementing flexible, remote work within his team. With some turbulent changes in his company, Levi spoke to employees and asked what they would like to see happen.

The number one request was the ability to work remotely. So, he decided to implement the changes and saw his Employee Mood KPI raise by about 20% !

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