How Working Remotely Empowers Time Doctor’s Employees

by Carlo Borja
Working Remotely

It’s actually hard to believe that remote working was a new norm just a couple of years ago. As of 2018, only 3% of the employees worked from home. 

A major reason for this is the negative reputation of remote workers. Before the pandemic, working remotely was not appreciated as employers believed their workforce would be distracted. Also, keeping track of your remote employee’s productivity was tough. 

Working from home was a rare thing and only allowed in exceptional cases. Whereas, after the pandemic situation, technology has advanced to such a level that working remotely is now feasible. In fact, organizations are adopting the complete remote culture. 

Remote working has been so popular that it’s uncommon for organizations to implement hybrid working models. 

Yet, some organizations have doubt on the effectiveness of hybrid or remote working. So, let’s examine the efficacy and see how remote working can empower employees. 

Is Working Remotely Effective For Employers? 

We all, at some point, believed that remote working was not effective. At least not as effective compared to people coming to offices for long working hours. Lack of monitoring was stereotypically justified as a reason for lower productivity. 

However, pandemic conditions demonstrated that remote working is actually more effective compared to traditional one. Numerous researches have been conducted on remote working, and the majority of them have given results in favor of remote working being effective. 

According to the International Workplace Group’s report, 85% of organizations have confirmed increased productivity due to greater flexibility. At the same time, 65% of businesses have said that their CapEx/OpeEx is reduced, and they are able to manage their risk effectively. 

In another experiment conducted by Stanford Business School of Graduate, home working led to 13% performance increase. In contrast, 9% of the employees took fewer sick days than average. 

These stats show that remote working is actually effective for employers. But what for employees? Let’s take a look at employees’ perceptive of remote working and how it has empowered them to deliver their best. 

How Remote Working Empowers Employees

Attracting the right talent is one of the significant challenges for organizations. A high compiling salary may bring employees to your organization’s doorstep, but retaining them requires solid culture and flexible working conditions. 

According to a report from Pow Wow Now, 70% of workers feel that flexible working jobs are more attractive. Even more than 40% would pick flexible working jobs compared to high paying if they had to choose any one. 

Another remote work survey from a well-known platform called Indeed revealed that 75% of employees believe that work from home opportunity has helped them have a good balance between work and personal life. 

To see how remote working has impacted Time Doctor’s employees, we created a small engaging activity.

We asked a few work-from-home-related questions to our employees from multiple departments and have recorded the answers for you. 

Here are the set of questions and their answers:

  1. How long have you been working remotely?
  2. How has working remotely helped you perform your job?
  3. What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?
  4. How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

Here are the collected answers from our employees:

Ashwini Dave

Ashwini Dave
SEO Specialist

How long have you been working remotely?

I have been working from home for the last 2 years.

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

I feel my productivity has increased significantly, and I see positive changes in my performance due to remote work and the flexibility it offers.

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

The biggest benefit I feel is work-life balance, you can manage your work around your life and vice versa. Remote work gave me the freedom to stay close to my loved ones while working as I do not have to stay away from family for long hours due to work commitments. My work and life are going hand in hand due to remote work.

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

Discipline and dedication are my secrets to an effective work-life balance. I have been very punctual since childhood so if I decide to dedicate particular hours to a task I stick to it no matter what. There can be some distractions when you work from home but you need to set some goals on a daily basis to finish your work and it can be done easily if you concentrate. For the rest of the time, I try to finish my house chores and other important personal tasks.

Greg Rylsky

Greg Rylsky
Chief Information Security Officer

How long have you been working remotely?

Exclusively 4 years, whereas I have been working hybrid for 20 years.

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

Working remotely has allowed me to focus more on my priority tasks without worrying about rushing to the office. It has also helped me to avoid distractions and create flexibility in my schedule.

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

Having the ability to travel and having flexibility in my work schedule are some of my personal favorite benefits. 

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

Working remotely while having good asynchronous communication habits has helped me to live my best life. It has also helped me to spend my time with my family and be in touch with my friends.

Having the ability to travel and having flexibility in my work schedule are some of my personal favorite benefits of working remotely. Click To Tweet
Oshan Rubesinghe

Oshan Rubesinghe
Developer

How long have you been working remotely?

11 years

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

Remote working is more efficient than going to an office. It also allows for better mental freedom.

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

The freedom to choose my own hardware, flexible work hours, async teammate communication, and overall better quality of personal as well as professional life.

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

By having a fixed set of work hours and dedicating equal time to work as well as my personal life. 

Merita Kuka

Merita Kuka
Researcher

How long have you been working remotely?

1 year and 10 months

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

It has made my life so much easier and simpler.

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

I can spend more time with my kids and other family members with remote working. Besides, it has helped me in taking care of my home and its related work.

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

I try to organize my work hours so that I can accomplish my work on time. Whereas, the time saved for traveling and other additional office activities is spent with the kids or in nature. 

I can spend more time with my kids and other family members with remote working. Click To Tweet
David Canuto

David Canuto
Account Executive

How long have you been working remotely?

More than 2 years.

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

I’ve had more time to work as well as to rest. Also, the fact that there are fewer people around me helps me to concentrate on my work.

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

Remote work saves a lot of time that used to be occupied in getting up early, getting ready for the office, traveling, and other barriers that come along while working from the office.

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

I can easily take breaks between my working hours if there is no priority work at the moment. Also, I can manage my work and personal life accordingly.

John Larase

John Larase
Online Marketing

How long have you been working remotely?

More than 9 years

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

In most cases, you can think better if you are alone or if you’re in a quiet place. It goes the same for me, and I can perform better with my job if I work in a quiet place away from people. And remote working gives me such a peaceful environment. 

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

There are numerous advantages of working remotely, but the most common ones I can think of are:

1. Freedom to work anywhere/anytime you want.

2. You always have time for yourself, friends, and family.

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

I always dedicate a block of time to work, to spend time with family, and other hobbies like going to the gym or hanging out with my friends.

Dividing my time into every portion of my life like this gives a perfect and healthy work-life balance.

I start working in the morning and continue till 5 pm, and then I go to the gym. If I have enough time, I go to my family for a visit or have a quick night tour around the city while riding on a mountain bike.

Raul Sanchez

Raul Sanchez
Software Developer

How long have you been working remotely?

I have been working remotely for around 3 years.

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

In my opinion, It has allowed me to have my own space at home where I can stay focused with no distractions. On the other hand, it has helped me to utilize my time in a better way. 

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

With remote working, I get the benefit to work from anywhere and stay in touch with my loved ones.

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

By Keeping my schedule organized, creating a work-life balance becomes easy. As a result, I can dedicate time to my work and to my leisure as well.

Iulian Tudosa

Iulian Tudosa
Design Leader

How long have you been working remotely?

More than 14 years.

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

I get to travel, get inspired, meet new people, gain new experiences, and get things to do that I could never do if I got cramped up in an office. Traveling and being free to choose my workplace and work hours has a massive impact on my productivity. I don’t know if people really understand that if they haven’t done it. I did some of my best work watching surfers from a restaurant on a remote island, or I immediately took action on an urgent email while mountain hiking with incredible views. You have to experience this!

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

I love the freedom of working from anywhere and anytime. I realize working any time is not always a possibility for everyone, but I suggest you try it if you get a chance.

I get to visit my friends and family members in their home countries. Also, I get to experience new ways of thinking and get inspiration in my work and even life.

Working remotely has helped me improve my professional and personal life.

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

I have dedicated specific hours in a day for my work and other remaining time for my personal life. Thus, having a schedule helps me manage all the prospects of my life, whether related to work or my personal life. 

Working remotely has helped me improve my professional and personal life. Click To Tweet
Michelle Koppenol

Michelle Koppenol
Client Success Lead for EMEA INDIA and APAC

How long have you been working remotely?

On and off for about 7 years.

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

Working remotely allows me to perform my job from anywhere in the world. I have all the tools to excel at my remote job. I get to work from home, as well as at the coast or overseas while visiting my family. I ensure that I keep to my regular schedule – what’s great is that a change in scenery feels like a vacation on its own. 

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

I can take care of my pets while working from a remote location and also dedicate my time to a few other important areas of my life. This is all because of having a remote working facility.

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

Instead of pushing myself to the office for work, I take my dogs for the morning walk. During work, I make sure to have regular breaks to avoid burnout. We make sure at home that we have dinner at exactly the same time in the evenings, which is when we end the day for family time. I also make sure that working late hours doesn’t happen regularly with respect to the needs of my family.

Working remotely allows me to perform my job from anywhere in the world. Click To Tweet
Laura Caceres

Laura Caceres
Customer Success Manager

How long have you been working remotely?

I have been working remotely for more than 5 years.

How has working remotely helped you perform your job?

Remote working helps me in focusing on my job. I stay focused since there’s less noise and chit-chat than in a regular office. I don’t even hear the gossip and, therefore, don’t let the bad energy get me.

What are some other benefits that you enjoy from working remotely?

There’s more flexibility to do house chores and be with my dogs (otherwise they’d spend most of the day alone). I get up and start to work instead of wasting time in traffic, and my clothes don’t get ruined.

How do you maintain an effective work-life balance?

I tend to start working from 8.30 or 9.00, pause for lunch and clear my mind for a while or do some chores at home. Then return and work until 6 pm. I don’t have any email or slack notifications on my cell, but I can access these apps if I need to. After working hours, I utilize my time in caring out my hobbies or being with family and friends. 

Takeaways

Remote working has surely empowered the Time Doctor’s employees and every other individual around the globe. It has offered them flexibility and productivity hand in hand while fulfilling their duties. 

From professional to personal lives, remote working has proven beneficial in multiple ways. Some of them are:

  • Definitely a better work-life balance.
  • Less commute stress
  • Independence to work from anywhere
  • Better inclusivity 
  • Cost & time saving 
  • Positive impact on environment and sustainability 
  • Improved productivity and performance
  • Happier and healthier lives

So, if you are someone who’s stuck with the decision to go for remote working or not, then you should surely give it a try. 

Conclusion 

Though the pandemic has changed the way we used to look at remote working, It’s not the only reason people have opted to work from home. There are other numerous benefits of working remotely for employees as well as employers. 

When considering the future of remote working, experts have said that it is surely here to stay even after the pandemic.

So, instead of resisting the new working methods, one should focus on optimizing the remote working capabilities. If your concern is still the productivity and performance of your company, experts at Time Doctor can help you out setting the KIPs, monitoring, and in utilizing the modern-day technology to get the best out of your organization from remote working.

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