Work from home is the temporary solution to the COVID-19 pandemic for many businesses.

Statistics have it that 88% of organizations are encouraging their staff to work from home since the COVID-19 outbreak, and 91% of teams in the Asia Pacific have already executed the arrangements.

According to Gallup’s research, in the US, 62% of employees are currently working from home during the crisis.

But will it continue after the pandemic?

If you look at the recent survey, 57% of small business owners are saying that they will probably open more remote working options for employees in the long term.

Another research made by the Institute for Corporate Productivity found that more than half of 27 employers who were surveyed are intending to increase work at home arrangements on a more permanent basis after the COVID-19 outbreak is contained.

But why allowing employees to work from home is a preferred choice for so many business owners?

Let’s look into the viable reasons one by one.

Increased productivity

Many surveys are being conducted to see if working from home is more productive than working in a traditional office. And the findings are positive.

According to recent research, a California-based company saw a 47% increase in work productivity when employees were made to work from home. There are many more companies that have been seeing increased productivity at work.

The California-based company compiled a survey data from 100 million data points obtained from 30,000 users, and this is how the team members are managing their schedule:

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SaaS is helping to meet collaboration needs

Cloud computing or Software-as-a-Service has now become mainstream.

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SaaS tools were used for video conferencing by many businesses even before the coronavirus outbreak, but now, its usage is exploding.

Collaboration being the key to achieve business goals, companies all over are implementing tools like Zoom, which reportedly has hit 200 million daily participants (paid and free). Earlier in the month of December, it was just 10 million.

In fact, many companies are relying almost completely on SaaS to run their business.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, only 57% of SMBs relied on video conferencing. But now, 84% of business owners are turning to video conferencing for face-to-face interactions.

And moreover, many SaaS-based systems have features that enable users to customize their personal dashboard and see all the assigned tasks at once.

For instance, you can see the dashboard of an Asana user below.

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Thus, it brings more agility and flexibility.

Remote training has become easy

Whether companies desire to train new recruits or conduct annual training workshops for their current employees, interactive, engaging, and customizable tools are available for training that can ensure productivity.

For instance, implementing remote training tools can provide individualized training agendas such as product tours and contextual walkthroughs within the app to ensure an undisrupted workflow. You can also track the usage of in-app guidance from anywhere.

Other remote training tools, such as iSpring, come with features like webinars, mobile learning, PowerPoint to HTML5, and PowerPoint to video conversion, making website training much easier.

Remote workers are more satisfied with their work

Contrary to many people’s beliefs, remote workers are happier and more satisfied with their work. They are able to complete their daily tasks most of the days, and they feel more accomplished.

Since remote work brings more flexibility, employees are able to better maintain a work-life balance. It has been found out that 76% of workers consider work hours flexibility as a factor that can lure them to stay and work with their current employer.

Moreover, there are tools that can track how much time is spent on communication and other areas.

Thus, workers are able to manage time better and increase productivity.

Employees are also reporting that they find more time to sleep, focus on different hobbies, and get more work done. 47% of employees reported that the time they would usually spend on traveling is now used to spend with their loved ones.

Employee availability has increased

As per research findings, SMB owners have found out that employee availability has increased by 19% after they implemented work at home arrangements.

Another survey found out that companies that allow remote work face 25% lower employee turnover compared to companies that don’t.

So, business owners who have been finding it hard to recruit good talents can consider recruiting remote workforce to increase employee availability.

The overhead cost has fallen

Many small business owners are finding out that allowing remote working has led to a decrease in overhead costs.

It can also be a good reason why employers will allow some of their staff to work from home even after the pandemic is contained. In fact, it is a relief for small businesses with limited budgets.

Organizations that give employment to mostly industry and manual services workers are more likely to see additional workforce cost reductions.

Fewer leave days

In a survey that surveyed workers at a large Italian multi-utility company, it was found that when they were allowed to work one day per week for nine months, the productivity increased.

What’s more, there were fewer leave days compared to their coworkers confined to their offices.

Wrapping Up

The COVID-19 outbreak has made businesses reconsider the entire work model. Business owners are finding out that many jobs can be done remotely without sacrificing productivity. Thus, many are implementing work at home arrangements.

Moreover, many employees are more willing to work if they are given a flexible schedule. Employee availability and job fulfillment can increase within a remote working environment. Employees want work-life balance as it keeps them happier and gives them more time to spend on their hobbies and with their families.

And of course, easy access and development of SaaS systems and innovative training tools have made work from home easier and productive.

Work from home is the new normal. And considering all the findings, this trend will most likely remain even after the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

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