Remote work positions are intriguing individuals all over the world. In fact, more than 43% of employed Americans say they have spent some time working in a remote position, and these numbers are steadily climbing. Many individuals are turning to a work-from-home environment due to the flexible lifestyle. However, do remote positions truly make employees happier?
Remote Workers Say They Are Happier
In a survey conducted by TINYpulse, all workers and remote workers were asked to compare their workplace happiness on a scale from 1 to 10. Office workers averaged a rating of 7.42, while remote workers had an average rating of 8.1. Many remote workers said they choose to work remotely because of the freedom they experience. Additionally, 28% of those who worked remotely said remote positions better accommodated their families’ needs.
Workers Feel Appreciated and Valued
The study also found that remote workers felt more valued in their work responsibilities than other workers. In addition to helping employees stay engaged in their companies and their work, these feelings also help increase their performance and their attitude toward projects and assignments. According to the American Psychological Association, individuals who feel valued often perform their job duties exceptionally well and are satisfied and motivated — essential characteristics for successful employees.
They Create Their Own Work Culture
When individuals work in traditional office buildings, they have limited control over their spaces — small desks, distracting coworkers, unideal temperatures, etc. Remote workers, on the other hand, have complete control of their culture. They can create customized office areas that match their own styles and décor. Furthermore, they can work from a coffee shop or library if they need to step out for inspiration or just enjoy a little face-to-face interaction. Again, flexibility is key.
Communication with Managers Is Improved
In the survey, 31% of workers said they prefer contact with their supervisor only once per day, and 34% said they prefer contact once per week. Many work-from-home individuals don’t want to be micromanaged. They know what needs to be done and will work according to their own hours and schedules to achieve it. Thus, as managers and executives reach out, they must give detailed, helpful information to prevent unnecessary back-and-forth to address questions and concerns. When managers communicate too little, the productivity and performance of their companies and workers may suffer.
There are certainly pros and cons both to working remotely and working a traditional 9 to 5 office job. However, the flexibility, feelings, and opportunities provided to remote workers all contribute to an overall vibe of happiness.
Author: Alisiana Peters
Alisiana is a senior marketing coordinator at HiringThing, an award-winning online recruiting software provider dedicated to changing the way businesses hire talent. Questions? Contact HiringThing Marketing.