From several searches carried out by Citrix it emerges how smart working has all the cards in order to become the new normality.
The massive use of remote work on a global scale grafted by the pandemic has been experienced as a great social experiment and has destroyed many old clichés.
Those in the management of companies thought that outside the office it was not possible to work really had to rethink and evaluate the positive impact that remote work has on productivity, on the balance of work, on mental well-being, on costs and on the environment.
Many of the most advanced companies are thinking of doing work remotely and a giant like Google will continue to work their employees from home until the summer of 2021.
Citrix has highlighted numerous reasons why companies should include remote work in their labour force management policies: first, smart working can significantly reduce the costs of IT and rental of real estate allowing companies to maintain employees
A saving that, continues Citrix, also concerns employees: between gasoline costs and public transport, the money that remains in the pockets of the workers is a welcome effect of smart working.
Productivity growth has decreased over the past 15 years. All the distractions and bureaucracy that life is full of in the office are elements that do not allow to perform at best. Remote work, however, could reverse the trend.
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Free from the stress of commuting, complex systems and a thousand interruptions of every day, those who work remotely can finally give their best. In a recent study by Citrix and One Poll, made out of 1000 employees worldwide, 69% of respondents claim to be more focused and productive in smart working than in the office.
Despite some commonplace people who work from home do not really work, reality shows that it is not at all like that. 72% of those surveyed at Citrix and OnePoll said they were working the same number of hours as they were at the office, if not more.
The reason is that normally, not having to travel to the office, the work day begins first and often ends up working even in the night hours, when everything is calmer, since the office is inside the house.
Since the flexibility of remote work allows time to be managed independently, 83% of the workers who responded to the survey of Citrix-OnePoll say they can find a better balance between working life and private life.
On average, they spend every 27 minutes on break and 46% say that this time is used to manage the needs of the family, 41% for household chores, 35% for sports activities. Generally speaking, remote workers claim to be less stressed, to focus more and to be able to do everything faster.
Until a few months ago, before the pandemic, companies struggled to find highly skilled workers.
This challenge was amplified by a general approach to recruitment that required taking into account the distance from the workplace, thus excluding on this basis many potentially suitable people. According to Citrix, with the right technology to support smart working, this is no longer a problem and it is possible to hire talented people wherever they are.
The Cebr study also found that companies that offer the possibility of working remotely are more competitive in the war of talents, having the possibility to draw on…………………..
According to the study, 69% of people currently outside the labour market say that flexibility would undoubtedly be an incentive to return. Cebr says that putting these people back into the labour market would result in economic growth of over $2000 billion equivalent to 10.2 percentage points of GDP for the US economy.
Remote work is a friend of sustainability: a research sponsored by Citrix and carried out at the Computer Science Department of Warwick Computer Science Department found that allowing smart working even two days a week could reduce gas emissions
Some estimates suggest that such a flexible work plan could reduce emissions by 214 million tonnes per year.
When the pandemic ends, organizations will have learned to adopt flexible work patterns that will allow them to manage resources dynamically, exactly as high-predictability business environments require, such as those that are expected to occur. And they will see that the approaches and technologies that have helped them keep their employees safe and active during the crisis from COVID 19 will offer new levels of agility to capitalize on new opportunities and continue to grow in the future.