Going Virtual and Staying Virtual

By Quinn Etoll

SEO and Social Media Analyst at Essential Data Corporation

Four Reasons Why Remote Work is Here to Stay

COVID-19 has forced many businesses with traditional offices to go remote with little warning. As a result of the pandemic, many companies struggled through the transition because they were unprepared for a major upset in the status quo but are finding that the virtual workstyle has far more benefits than drawbacks.

In fact, the president of Global Workplace Analytics, Kate Lister, says “What companies should be doing right now is practicing. Start sending people home, start teaching them the protocols.” 

Essential Data Corporation began the transition to becoming a remote workplace in 2007 and has no plans of returning to being an exclusively office based workplace. Here’s why your company shouldn’t go back either, and how we can help to make the remote transition seamless.

Lower Overhead Cost

One fantastic benefit of a remote workstyle is lower overhead costs. Rent, utilities, supplies, and building maintenance all contribute to higher overhead costs. As a result, going remote can leave opportunities for other ventures thanks to savings from going remote.

Remote workplaces mean employers do not have to pay for office space, an increasingly costly measure in many cities. New York City office space per employee costs $14,800 per year, on average. That cost increases in more competitive areas of the city. 

Other cities are far from immune to high costs for space- not to mention the additional staff needed to maintain an office space. That’s money that could go back into marketing, research, or other expenditures to expand and improve your business.

Access to Greater (Even International) Talent

Another great benefit of a remote workplace is that companies can grow their employee base with fewer restrictions. 

Nationwide, the worker base is becoming more educated and competent, and most are capable of working remotely thanks to the growth of accessible technology. According to the Pew Research Center, “30.0% of immigrants ages 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree or higher.” That number is even higher for U.S. born workers.  

Without being tied down to a specific location, companies can acquire staff from anywhere in the United States, or even secure international workers, without paying for relocation costs or losing valuable talent to competition that has yet to make the switch.

No Commute = Happier Employees

Did you know that an additional 20 minutes added to personal commute makes employees as unhappy as a 19% pay decrease? According to a study out of Oxford Saïd Business School, happy workers are 13% more productive than their unhappy counterparts. Consequently, cutting commutes out of the picture is a great way to boost employee morale.

Increased Worker Productivity and Retention

Speaking of worker productivity, according to a FlexJobs.com survey, 65% of workers believe they would be more productive working from a remote office or from home. Additionally, that same survey also states that 80% of workers say they would be more loyal to their employers if provided flexible work options.

As a result of giving workers the opportunity to work on their own terms, workers are more motivated and excited to deliver successful projects, without the constraints of a traditional office environment.

In Conclusion

In sum, transitioning the American workplace from in-office to in-home is a positive consequence of COVID-19 for both the employer and employee. Thus, we can anticipate many companies remaining virtual once related restrictions are lifted. 

How to Ease the Transition

Now that you’re considering staying virtual for the long term, review some of our services with a dedicated Engagement Manager, who can help determine exactly what documentation your company requires. With technical writers with decades of experience, EDC can provide compelling solutions to address all of your technical writing needs.

With a dedicated Engagement Manager to help determine exactly what documentation your company requires and technical writers with decades of experience, EDC can provide compelling solutions to address all of your technical writing needs.

EDC has 30 nationwide remote offices staffed by enthusiastic, experienced, and dedicated Engagement Managers who can select the appropriate technical writers from our proprietary database. EDC guarantees quality at every stage of the process. 

Reach out to a local office today for more information!

(800) 221-0093 or sales@edc.us

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