Is Remote Working Key to Employee Happiness? These Professionals Think So.
Employee happiness is key to organizational success. A happy workforce is an empowered and engaged workforce, but the statistics tell another story. A recent study by Wrike found that one out of every five employees in the UK is unhappy with their jobs, which comes to nearly 20% of the total workforce. ‘Meaningful work’ and ‘remote working opportunities’ were the most popular answers for workplace happiness. The survey included data from the Wrike Happiness Index, which collected answers from 4,000 working professionals via a poll. Almost 25% said that their organizations do not offer remote working options.
Flexibility fosters Productivity
It is known that allowing people flexibility in their work schedule, timings and place of work has a positive effect on productivity. Employee happiness is key to increasing work involvement and organizational commitment.
“There is a positive correlation between smart working, employee happiness and retention of great staff. At certain point of time in an employee’s life, flexibility is key to finding work-life harmony. Companies that embrace this will find that they can attract and retain the best people with relative ease”, says Vanessa Tierney, co-founder of smart working website Abodoo. “Platforms like Abodoo create possibilities for a balanced work environment by encouraging smart working, and matching professionals to the right kind of flexible working jobs. The highlight of this platform is the absence of unconscious bias through our unique anonymous matching system. We believe that it is pertinent for organizations to adopt smart working on a greater scale so that their employees feel more connected to their jobs.”
Studies find that employees prefer remote or flexible working to the regular workday. Companies should become cognizant of this and adapt smart working practices into their organizational culture. This will not only help keep their workforce happy, but attract top talent as well.