Why Are Companies Still Rejecting Remote Work?

July 6, 2016

2:00 pm

Technology has brought many innovations to the workforce. From the increase of work and productivity apps, technology has helped the workplace move forward in a variety of ways. But even so, there’s still a significant amount of companies that are still rejecting the possibilities of remote work. How can remote work and other workplace technology trends help move business forward?

There’s no mistake – remote working and telecommuting are becoming more mainstream. Research from Gallup shows that approximately 37 percent of workers telecommute in the United States – compared to 9 percent in 1995. In spite of this, large companies like Yahoo and Best Buy still reject remote working, as they cite physical collaborative working as a way for employees to build comradery and inter-coworker support.

It could also be assumed that many companies cling to more traditional ways of collaborating amongst coworkers because that is how business has been done previously. Yet, for companies to remain at the forefront of ever-changing industry changes, they must remain adaptable and be able to use emerging business trends to their advantage.

But even if some businesses are fighting to incorporate telecommuting and remote working trends, it’s still important that these trends are analyzed and acknowledged. According to Gallup, remote working has led to an increase in contemporary working – with more employees turning to telecommuting their 9-to-5 hours that would have been previously spent in the office. There’s also been an increase in productivity and promotion of a better work-life balance.

So, how can companies who have previously rejected these digital trends better incorporate them to remain competitive in today’s business climate? For starters, offering telecommuting and tech-supported options for current employees is an easy way to begin incorporating the change. Allowing workers to produce their best work with digital tools that they are already comfortable with using can help transition the company to becoming more tech-focused, helping them move to compete with other contemporary businesses in the industry.

Remote working and telecommuting may be a fairly new business tactic, but it’s still a significant digital tool for today’s shifting workplace. As we move towards incorporating more digital tools, it’s in businesses’ best interests to embrace these changes.


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Cameron is a tech and culture journalist, comic book enthusiast, and lives near New York City. A graduate of Stockton University, she's using her words to shift the world of online journalism, one byline at a time. When she's not writing, she can be found reading sci-fi novels, collecting succulents, and planning her next obnoxious hair color. Cameron is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. Send your tips to cameron@tech.co or tweet @BlkGirlManifest.

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