Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about escaping the confines of your office walls? Wish you could eliminate your daily commute yet still do your job? Well, why can’t you?

Man working remotely using iPad on boat

Over the past decade as mobile technology has evolved, it has given us tools to change not just the way we work, but where we work. The ability to work remotely, or telecommute, is becoming commonplace in offices around the globe. Furthermore, it’s become a viable option for individuals looking for increased flexibility, productivity and work-life balance.  

According to Canadian Business, 70% of employees would quit their jobs for a remote-working one. 

Employees today, especially Millennials, value the flexibility and work-life balance that working remotely brings; it is now considered an attractive job perk. As reported in the Connected Workplace Report by Rogers Communications, 50 per cent of the Generation Y cohort would sacrifice something like salary, vacation days or benefits to work remotely.  

For many, one of the largest benefits of working remotely is in regards to commuting. By working remotely, employees are saving time travelling to and from the office, and also minimizing the expense and stress that coincides with commuting. Whether commuting from the suburbs or trying to navigating rush-hour traffic, eliminating the commute leads to a happier employee.

The Connected Workplace Report also notes that a resounding 87% of individuals who can work remotely report that it increases their level of job satisfaction.   

Worried about the productivity of your employees working remotely?

Don’t be! As a business owner, your bottom line matters when it comes to every decision you make. By letting employees work remotely, it will save you money and increase productivity.

According to GlobalWorkPlaceAnalytics.com, over two-thirds of employers report increased productivity among their telecommuters. Think about it, offices are actually pretty disruptive places. From colleagues or direct reports stopping by to ask you a question to water-cooler chatter, there are endless distractions in an office. When working remotely, employees can eliminate the majority of distractions and focus on the tasks at hand.

GlobalWorkPlaceAnalytics.com also notes that 78% of employees who call in sick, really aren’t; they do so because of family issues, personal needs, and stress. These unscheduled absences can cost employers $1800 per employee a year. However, when an employee is actually sick or a personal need arises, they are more apt to continue working if they have the option to do so from home.  

Professional working remotely with laptop and coffee

By allowing employees to work remotely, it can lead to cost savings on things like office space, utility bills, and employee relocation fees. Also, it may broaden the talent pool when it comes to recruiting top people; geographic restrictions become non-existent when employees have the option to telecommute.  

Keep your documents secure when working remotely

As an employer, there are certain considerations you should keep in mind when implementing and managing telecommuters. As noted by Canada Business Network, security is one of the key things you must consider when it comes to employees accessing confidential documentation remotely.  

By using Docmaster, a cloud-based document storage platform, your confidential files will remain safe in the cloud. No matter where you access your files from, our bank grade security and data encryption ensures that no one else can access your information. Docmaster’s cloud-based platform also enables real-time collaboration. Whether communicating with a colleague via the internal chat platform or working jointly on a file, you don’t have to be in the same location to maximize collaboration among your team.

With Docmaster, you will have peace of mind knowing that your employees can get the job done and keep information confidential, all while working remotely.  

Docmaster offers secure, cloud-based document management and storage for businesses in Canada. Docmaster makes working, storing and managing your business in the cloud safe, secure and easy. Your privacy guaranteed, so you can focus on what matters most – serving the needs of your clients. Interested in learning more? Email info@docmaster.ca to find a solution for your document management needs.

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