The digital revolution has shifted the way we work — and has led to many changes that we are now thankful for after its origin in 1957 with the transistor.

The developments in technology over time have allowed us to prepare for an online sphere.  There was the first commercial computer sold in 1951, for example, which led to the first email being sent in 1971. Mobile phones hit the market in 1984 and the creation of the World Wide Web occurred in 1989.

From 1989 onwards, it only got better. The technological developments undoubtedly peaked in the 20th century, with the introduction of the smartphone, SixDegrees (the first social media platform), Bluetooth and broadband — which have all helped us become a more connected society worldwide.

Total Enterprise Solutions who are specialists in Microsoft Dynamics Business Central discover how technology can help grow the workforce — ensuring that you’re only employing the best people for your business.

Is remote working on the rise?

Over the past couple of years, the movement we’ve made in technology is somewhat unbelievable. Because of this, businesses across the globe have been able to change the way that they operate and ensure greater customer satisfaction. Not only that, companies have been able to retain their staff members and uphold the passion that drives successful deliveries on the team.

The digital world is becoming more accessible, no matter where we are in the world which has led more people to opt for a remote work life. It’s becoming a more lucrative career path too, which is evidently shown by the 49,500 monthly searches of ‘work from home jobs’ in Britain alone — presenting a key interest in the option. Understandably, not all sectors can offer such flexibility when it comes to working from home and it usually applies to those who work in the information and technology industry.

By 2020, it is thought that 50% of Britain’s entire workforce will be working from home — but that’s less than two years away: is it possible?  TUC found that almost 25% more people work from home than they did ten years ago and that more men than women work from home, with a 303,000-person difference.

It’s becoming a more common option for both employees, with research suggesting that 58% saying that they’d feel more motivated with the change of surroundings. 53% said that they would be more productive – is this something employers can afford to miss out on? From the same survey, 56% of people believed that managers need to adapt their skills to be able to manage a remote workforce too.

The big debate

If business owners were to introduce a work-from-home policy to their organisation, they could see a lot of benefits from the back of it. Using tools such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, businesses are able to monitor their workforce and ensure that tasks are being completed within the appropriate timeframe. This is commonly used in the office, but what is to say that this can’t be used remotely too?

As a business, you only want to hire the best people in your field. Having the capabilities of allowing your staff to work from home will allow you to interview people across the country and select the best person for the job — meaning that they don’t have to move closer to your workplace (which is often unattractive to an applicant) and you employ the best person for the role with no restrictions. For those who may have a disability and find it hard to commute to work, this would be ideal for them too.

Using this type of software allows you to expand outside of your country too. In fact, you’re able to grant access to people around the world and ensure that the job gets done, while also allowing those in managerial positions to track performance of all workers when they’re not present on the main business site.

The great benefits received by allowing your employees to work from home

There are plenty of advantages that can be useful in the long-term for a business, and although some managers like to have a physical eye on their staff — are you willing that prevent you from moving with the times?

Workers are much more productive when they’re energised and feel fresh enough to face the day ahead — but those who have to be up early to commute will likely feel stressed trying to ensure that they leave their home on time. A survey suggested that 45% of people spend over one hour commuting too. With times of buses and trains being unreliable, the commute can often be stressful. Allowing your employees to work from home will not only help them save financially on petrol and fares, but will give them less of an incentive to ask for a pay rise from their business to cover their travel expenses.

People would love to have the perfect work-life balance, and Canada Life found that those who worked in an office took 3.1 days off sick in 2016 — for those who worked from home, this was only 1.8 as they are likely to have lower stress levels.

We all have to take a regular trip to the doctors, opticians and dentists, but this usually comes out of the company’s time — employees that work from home are likely to book appointments around when they are free, such as lunchtimes, as their health centre is probably close to their home.

Not only will you receive the benefits of less time away from the office, you could potentially save thousands on office space. As an alternative, you could rent out a virtual space just so that your business has an official address — but all work would be completed remotely.

The possibilities are endless, because platforms like Skype and Dynamics have made everything a lot more accessible — which could be the kickstart to your remote workforce. Will you be making the commitment?

Sources:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/07/24/seven-reasons-home-working-future/

https://stfc.ukri.org/files/digital-revolution-infographic/

http://smallbusiness.co.uk/half-uk-workforce-remotely-2020-2540827/

https://www.powwownow.co.uk/smarter-working/flexible-working-statistics-2017

https://www.ciphr.com/advice/10-remote-working-stats-every-business-leader-know/

https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/home-working-fifth-over-last-decade-tuc-analysis-reveals

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