6 Reasons Remote Workers Are Refusing To Return To The Office – Forbes

Remote workers are refusing to return to the office in droves as the pandemic restrictions become looser and looser. There is a growing movement of people who do not want to go back into an office setting, and it’s no secret why. Working remotely has many benefits that overrule working in-office. Remote working is truly a one-way street and the entire world is now understanding all of the benefits working from home has to offer. 

1. Working From Home Is Just As Efficient, If Not More

The way most remote workers are evaluated is by their output. So, if an employee is working remotely, they are still expected to do the same amount of work as someone working in an office. The company can easily monitor what that person is doing on their computer screen or simply by checking whether or not they meet deadlines. This means that the company knows whether or not that person is on top of their workload. One study found that total output was increased by 13% when workers were let to work remotely one day a week. 

2. The Pandemic Changed Our Perspective

Due to unforeseen repercussions resulting from the pandemic, society started to realize how plausible the idea of remote working is. It was almost as if our working culture was transported a decade into the future by mandatory remote working fueled by the global pandemic. We learned that a daily commute is both old-fashioned and even unnecessary in many instances. In fact, one Bloomberg study demonstrated that 39% of adults would rather quit their job than work in an environment that isn’t remote-friendly. 

3. Remote Workers Have Less Negative Environmental Impacts

It is important to note that working remotely does not pose an environmental threat. In the modern world, organizations are starting to get more and more benefits from government authorities and international organizations for meeting climate change protocols. One of the biggest polluters in the world is cars, emitting 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. With fewer commuters going back and forth from the office, business executives can play a significant role in helping the world switch over to more sustainable practices. 

As argued by Earth.org, many businesses worldwide, such as Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, have committed to being carbon neutral by 2050. However, the main problem with this commitment is that it only applies to the business and not the employees themselves. Not to mention, this is still about 30 years away, and the impacts of climate change are already present and surging. Therefore, the employees will be the ones who need to struggle for their right to continue working at home to avoid further climate change due to daily commutes. Or, at the very minimum, start using environmentally-friendly vehicles.


4. Communication In Remote Work Is Just as Effective. 

In the traditional office space, workers show up to meetings and sit around an oval table to share their data, work, ideas, and so on. Of course, this is a very effective way to do business meetings. However, online sessions have proven to be just as effective. Once minor issues are addressed, such as audio, microphone, and bare ground rules for things like eating and drinking, online meetings are even more accessible than in-person meetings since they don’t require a commute. 

In fact, a study has estimated that only 25% of business meetings will be held in person by 2024. Considering that Zoom jumped from 10 million daily sessions to over 300 million by April 2020, it seems that the trends are in favor of this theory. 

In any case, imagine all of the things that you do in a typical business meeting. Once you realize that they are all just as possible using online meeting platforms (from using whiteboards to handing out paperwork and data), the need for having in-person meetings becomes more of a burden for all the individuals involved than an online meeting would be. 

5. Remote Workers Are Happier And More Loyal

As demonstrated through research done over at Owl Labs, remote work “can improve employee productivity, increase employee retention, and make employees feel more trusted and better able to balance work and life responsibilities — making for happier employees and more productive teams.” Employers seeking to make the lives of their employees better should view remote work as an avenue for doing so. 

The writing is already on the wall. Employees are demanding more opportunities for remote work. They know that they are the skilled ones with all the power for making changes in their companies. If they are not heard, they will even quit their jobs to move somewhere where they are listened to. 

6. Ultimately Employers Will Need to Keep Up With The Times

These reasons for choosing remote work over in-duty jobs may seem like a small thing, but when you add them all up, there is a lot of relief and comfort for both employers and employees. Employers will be able to cut back on office expenses and even consider working themselves remotely. 

There is much greenwashing going on with companies trying to convince people that working remotely is an option. However, the reality is that it has already become too popular, and many workers already have or want remote jobs. While some employers might not be willing to change their attitudes over this issue, over time, they will need to adapt as society continues its trend towards remote work and four-day work weeks.

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