It would be fair to say many people are considering if remote working is the best thing for them, and their employer. There is a range of benefits associated with working from home, and if businesses can save money without compromising on quality, it is likely many firms will change their standard working practices.
Kate Palmer, associate director of advisory at the HR, employment law and health & safety consultancy firm Peninsula, said; “Ultimately it is down to employers how, where and when their employees work, subject to guidance from the government. Employers are free to decide which staff should be permitted to work from home and can base their decisions on the past performance, and behaviours, of the employee in question.”
Will remote working affect housing industry?
This might impact the housing industry. If people have more freedom to work from home, this might change demand from tenants and buyers. It is natural for many people to live close to towns and city centres, as this makes their daily commute simpler. However, if there is no need for a commute, people can live elsewhere.
An increase in remote working might also change what prospective buyers value in a property. There is a good chance that people will want to see home office space when they view homes. This might lead to a change in how vendors and tenants are advised to set up their property.
While there has been a lot to focus on in recent months, it is fair to say remote working and working from home have been hot topics. Even though there is hope that lockdown measures will be relaxed in June, many people and businesses are keen to remain working from as we move forward.
Working from home statistics
- By not commuting and buying lunch every day, the average worker will save £44.78 by working from home
- More than 1.54 million people work from home for their main job, up from 884,000 10 years ago.
- One in five remote workers have admitted to struggling with loneliness at times
- Research suggests around 60% of the adult population in the United Kingdom are working from home during the lockdown
- The number of people who work from home as their leading job is over 1.5 million in the UK
- Two separate surveys have found that close to two-thirds of employees believe they are more productive when working from home
There are many benefits in remote working
While remote working is a necessity for many people right now, it might become a choice in months or years to come. As there are many benefits in remote working, you can see why some people and companies will opt to work in this manner.
Some of the leading benefits of working from home include:
- An increased level of productivity in the workforce
- Employees saving money by working from home
- Avoiding the daily commute helps employees save money, save time and avoid stressful situations
- Less travelling might have a positive impact on the environment, such as less pollution
At Williams of Petersfield, we aim to support the Petersfield community as much as we can, and we know this is an extremely trying time. A lot of people are looking for support and guidance, and if you have any property or housing related questions, we are more than happy to assist you, so contact us today.