Sustainability is key incentive for remote workers

A new report commissioned by Zapier has revealed that sustainability is the sixth most popular reason for wanting to work remotely. 23% of participants in the poll said that the environment was a concern. In the US alone, emissions from cars make up 28% of all greenhouse emissions, leading more workers to opt for the environmentally friendly alternative. Other incentives included better productivity, lower costs and improved mental health.

Keep teams motivated with these four key tips

Motivating remote workers is easier than it sounds. According to digital marketing consultant Shane Barker, enterprises need to remember four key lessons. Firstly, they need to use an open communication channel. Secondly, they should encourage workers to develop new skills. They should continually acknowledge remote workers’ contributions, and finally, they should use collaboration tools like RosyBoa to increase productivity.  

Holidays are coming: do we really work best during time off?

A new report by Tech Republic has suggested that a lenient HR approach to holiday work may be the key for successful remote teams. Instead, enterprises should stop limiting vacation days and allow workers to work together using collaboration tools. HR directors say that “flexibility and a combination of technologies may foster a mutually beneficial work environment”. Items such as headsets, external battery packs and anti-glare screens were all recommended.

A flexible workplace is the next step towards sustainable building

Offices with flexible working spaces are the “seventh star” of sustainability, according to Regus. Modern-day construction currently meets the “six-star” building status with a gold standard in green construction, but flexibility could be the next step. Regus cite a study from the Labour Ministry, stating that flexible working allows for enterprises to use space more efficiently, reducing the need for stock and therefore curtailing emissions.  

What’s in your home office?

The team at Thrive Global have shared a few of their tips on how to make the home environment the optimum office space. Finding a desirable location was the number one consideration, with few distractions – such as a room dedicated to work only. For those without an office space, bedrooms can be reorganised to set up hardware like printers, while a window view is always encouraged. The report also recommended working as if you were in an office, to a strict timetable and with regular breaks.

Experts dispel Brexit myths for freelancers

With the impending UK exit from the European Union on 31st October, many remote workers took to Twitter to express their concerns. Rumours that it would cost £326 to take a laptop into the European Union were quickly dispelled by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, while freelancers were also assured that they would be set up for the future financially.

Broadband access top priority for remote workers

The recent Queen’s speech addressed a number of issues affecting remote and self-employed workers, including their need for fast broadband access. With forthcoming 5G and superfast broadband set to be rolled out all over the UK, 78% of freelancers say they rely upon this to do their jobs effectively. Fast networks are particularly vital for those living in rural areas.

Office design found to have huge impact on collaboration

A digital marketing agency has published its findings on how a rethink in office design can have positive impacts on workplace productivity. Writing for The Drum, client services director Jake Third says: “Ultimately, for a workplace to thrive, you need to provide employees with areas they can collaborate within, and spaces they can escape to, when then they need to concentrate.” He suggested a mixture of open place spaces and breakout areas.

Understanding the difference between remote working and working from home

Managers should be cautious not to blur the lines between remote working and working from home, says business coach Jason Aten. He states that working from home is a temporary situation which can have positive effects on mental health. Remote working, meanwhile, requires a “self-starting attitude”, including proactive communication and enhanced time management skills.

Remote working exposes HR errors

Research from CV Library has revealed that remote working has helped to expose companies with “inefficient employee screening processes”. Global background screening expert Steve Smith says: “For those firms worried about how to control or monitor the fluid workforce, the first step should be taken at the hiring stage, rather than once an individual is in employment.” He added that their ability to work remotely should form part of the process, but not at the expense of rigorous background checks.