The Benefits of Remote Work in the Age of COVID-19

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Sharai Johnson
Sharai Johnson

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the corporate world has relied on remote work to keep operations going, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of remote work.

By extending more opportunities to work from home, American companies are helping to slow the spread of the infection, while also empowering workers, and making themselves wholly more efficient. But it doesn’t stop there, these positive effects are reaching as far as the environment; so if a world with less air pollution is something you dream of, working from home has, and will continue to make it a reality. 

Amid the coronavirus crisis, the clearing of roadways has also given way to clearer airways, and waterways. Even in Los Angeles, a major city desperate to control pollution, “EPA air quality data shows that the city of Angels experienced its longest stretch of “good” air quality since at least 1995 beginning in early March of this year.” Across the U.S., a report published by Science Daily showed that, “nitrogen dioxide decreased 25.5% during the COVID-19 pandemic compared to historical years, [and] “fine particulate matter declined in urban counties and those instituting early business closures.”

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Eliminating gas-guzzling commutes has also proven to lead to cooler heads. Without the stress of commuting to and from the office, remote workers are enjoying more sleep–leading to more productivity, and lower levels of stress when the boundaries between work life and home life are clear and respected (we’ve offered ways that you can create that balance). All in all, remote work has helped to lessen workers’ stress around distractions during the work day, and interruptions from colleagues, office politics, while also allowing for a more comfortable, and personalized work environment. 

The economic benefits of eliminating work commutes are beginning to show as well, as workers can now save the hundreds, and even thousands, that they spend per year on merely getting to and from work. And there’s an implicit health benefit as well, given that limiting public transportation use has been a notable way of preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

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It’s no surprise that buses and trains carry a multitude of germs, but so does a car driven by the same owner everyday from home to office. These factors make the low cost and safety of working remotely especially appealing.

But, what’s the best part that can come out of companies permitting more remote work? Increased diversity, more empowered workers, and less costs for the corporation overall. 

In lieu of spending on rents for office space, companies with remote workers can invest in talent. Sometimes the best and brightest for a role live hours or even a time zone away, but remote work eliminates that barrier. Additionally, hiring diverse talent at all levels creates opportunities for teams to globalize, while connecting, and learning from people from all walks of life. A study by Boston Consulting Group found that “companies that have more diverse management teams have 19% higher revenue due to innovation.” And even bigger returns come when companies couple their diverse teams with “equal pay, a culture of openness and inclusion;” elements that are feasible to integrate when working remotely.  

Overall, remote work has several, undeniable advantages. And with the COVID-19 crisis continuing throughout the country, it is clear that transitioning to remote work will be necessary for all companies, in some capacity. If you’re considering transitioning your team to remote work, check out our tips.

But, if you’ve already made the change, comment below with your experiences working remotely.

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