One day we all woke up and were told to stay and work from home. We had to go back to our offices at a scheduled time to pick up our laptops, notebooks, and whatever else we would need to be able to work comfortably at home. No one knew how long or temporary this “work from home” (WFH) order was going to last or how it was going to work – and for some it didn’t – but for a lot, it did.
A recent survey was conducted by Gartner on how companies would like to proceed with remote or a hybrid work schedule post-pandemic. The study found that, of company leaders, 80% plan to allow employees to work on some form of a hybrid schedule, letting them remain partially remote. Another 47% said that they would allow employees to work fully remote from home full-time.
From an employee perspective, in a recent FlexJobs survey, 96% of employees want some form of remote work. Of those 96%, 27% of them claimed that working from home is so important, that they would be willing to take a 10-20% pay cut. Employers are now worried that if they don’t allow some form of remote flex, that the employees will leave. While working from home, employees have been either the same or increasingly more productive, 7% more happy and satisfied with their jobs, and overall, for happy and healthy both mentally and physically. So, why not keep the remote flex?
Well, we did! And here’s why:
1. Employee Happiness & Retention
We recently surveyed our team – who live in and around the Philadelphia area, Tennessee, Florida, and Dublin, Ireland – to see how our numbers compare to the rest of the workforce and 100% of our team prefers either fully working remotely or some kind of a hybrid schedule now and in the future. Additionally, 86% of our team is happier working from home and finds that they are more productive while working from home.
2. The Remote “Flex”
Have you ever had to take a half- day or even a full day of work off for a doctor’s appointment? While WFH, you don’t have to. You can pick up your kid from the bus stop and make their after-school game. At Aliro, we have the “as long as it gets finished, you can make your own hours” mentality. Work is important and you’ll have to prove yourself, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of losing time with your loved ones.
3. Company Culture
Pre-pandemic, we went to Ireland as a team for our yearly company-wide retreat. This past year, we took turns creating games like Jeopardy and the cutest WFH pet and in return, we had fun rewards and incentives. It was a fun way to boost team morale, bond, and to show our employees that work isn’t always so serious and stressful. We try our best to promote a casual business environment, and we do that with our employees and through our social media channels. We encourage “water cooler talks” and taking calls while walking your dog or getting some exercise. There’s no need to wear a button down and tie for zoom meetings, a quarter zip or t-shirt will work just fine. As a whole, we’ve become closer as a team because of it.
4. Increase in Productivity
We expected business to crawl to a screeching stop when the pandemic first hit, and it did slow, but everyone on our team consistently powered through and continued giving it their all. Our employees learned more, read more, took more trainings, and received more certifications than they would have if COVID had never happened. As the Founder and CEO of this outstanding team, I couldn’t be more proud of how far our team has come and all that we’ve overcome and accomplished.
WFH is here to stay and Aliro supports it and our employees. Find out how we can make it easier for you to discover and rediscover employees from home too!