2 Mar 2017
The benefits of co-working spaces have been well documented for freelancers, solopreneurs and small businesses, and now larger companies are beginning to see how remote working at business office hubs can also help them recruit and retain staff.
Remote working has been a popular option for staff members for a number of years. Companies like Cisco have found that flexible working results in greater employee engagement as well as cost savings in terms of commuting time – not to mention extra travelling time lost in terms of delays and strikes.
Remote working is so popular that some companies have created their business around it. For Travel Counsellors, using staff working from home or their own office space is a fundamental part of their hugely successful business model.
Widening the talent pool
In fact, by taking away the need to travel into a central office, you can increase the amount of talent you can attract to your company. Instead of looking at a talent pool within a defined commuting time, you can extend your search to people living anywhere in the country – or the world! This exponentially increases the chances of getting the right person for the job, rather than the best of the smaller pool of people who are geographically close enough to travel into your office on a daily basis.
An additional benefit is that remote workers tend to be more engaged with their company. In a recent blog for SmallBusiness.co.uk, one MD said his company had seen a “huge drop” in absenteeism since introducing remote working, with a consequent rise in productivity.
Remote workers who are based in co-working office spaces enjoy a number of benefits which they wouldn’t have if they were solely working from home.
Cost savings for you
There are significant cost savings to be made in terms of head office space and overheads by companies who encourage their staff to work remotely. The American organisation Global Workplace Analytics has studied research from around the world and analysed the probable cost benefits to companies that allow their staff to work remotely:
If members of your staff who are based in the Hertford area have expressed an interest in working remotely, click here to find out more information about The UOE Hub, a co-working space offering great value for money, high-speed WiFi, a meeting room and a host of other benefits.