Jacqueline Langen

April 22, 2022

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5 advantages companies gain from hybrid and remote work environments

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, work practices around the globe experienced a massive shift. A lot of these changes resulted in hybrid and remote work environments, in which many companies have seen major benefits related to business continuity and have adopted into the future.  

From removing geographical limitations to boosting overall productivity, there is a silver lining for the devastation caused by pandemic. Although essential workers took the brunt of the pandemic, such as traveling to get to their work locations and regularly exposing themselves to the public, many office-based teams were given the chance to adapt and create more prosperous work environments. Let’s take a look at some of key benefits remote and hybrid work environments provide.  

1. Expand your pool of job candidates

The standard 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. office position used to require that all employees commute to the office and work in person. Nowadays, the model has changed, giving employers the ability to scout talent from around the country or around the globe. Without having to select an employee from a confined geographic area, you can hone in on specialized skillsets and ultimately find someone who is best qualified for the position.

2. Increased productivity

Many recent studies have shown that remote employees actually work longer and are more productive than those in a typical office environment. With the ability to have all the equipment in a traditional office setting at home, it’s not uncommon for employees to now have an office chair, sitting or standing desk, a dual screen and more all in the comfort of their own home.

3. Decreased operating costs

With rental property and housing rates in Canada at an all-time high, it’s no wonder why business owners are reaping the benefits of reduced office space. With the ability to work with a team from anywhere in the world, lease rates, utilities, office furniture, insurance, maintenance costs and more can all be banked. For employees, things such as gas, parking and vehicle degradation costs are all significantly reduced.  

4. Less environmental impact

Without the need to commute to an office space on the other side of town, employees cut down on fuel and carbon emissions. Furthermore, without an office space, business can reduce overall energy usage. Simply put, adopting a hybrid or remote work environment allows your team to consume less energy and create a more positive environmental impact.

5. Better work-life balance

Another major benefit of remote and hybrid work models is that team members achieve a much healthier work-life balance. Without having to rush for a train, get stressed out by traffic or deal with high-pressure office politics, employees can focus solely on their work and well-being. Working remotely allows for employees to easily take healthy meal or coffee breaks when needed, avoid in-office distractions such as regular ‘water cooler talk’ and ultimately create a healthier work-life balance.

Although the pandemic spurred a mass remote work movement, it’s not the only reason companies should consider sticking to hybrid or remote work models. From decreased operational costs to happier, healthier and more committed employees, there are various benefits of this recent movement. 

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