Across Europe and in many parts of Asia, a new breed of worker is emerging. Slowly but surely, their influence is spreading outwards to America, Australia, and New Zealand too. The remote employee or ‘telecommuter’ is perceptive, determined, and highly disciplined. They’ve also got a lot to prove, having been the subject of years of unfair stereotypes.

For a long time, offsite and distance workers – the kind of employees who operate from home – have been viewed as less important than those in the office. Fortunately, this is changing. Studies have shown that remote employees are often the hardest workers in a company. Furthermore, it’s the lack of restrictions that allows them to provide superior performance.  

This guide to the value of remote routines and virtual resources will help you decide if a flexible future is right for your business.

Greater Focus and Engagement

If you’ve never experimented with remote employees before, Servcorp virtual offices can help you get started. These centralised facilities provide all of the resources you’d usually need to run a successful business. However, they offer them in a form that can be accessed remotely.

This allows employees to carry out administrative and collaborative tasks from home. As research shows, this results in almost double the level of engagement. Remote workers are 20% more productive and twice as likely to spend more than forty hours per week on tasks.

Lack of Distractions

In fact, business owners can end up gaining the equivalent of a whole working day from employees who stay at home, instead of commuting to the office. This is, in part, due to a lack of distractions. There are no colleagues, break rooms, or staff gossip to divert their focus.

The old-fashioned belief is, when left unsupervised, people find distractions anywhere and everywhere. Fortunately, this isn’t usually true, because there’s less feeling of being obligated to work. You get to choose your hours and build routines that genuinely suit your strengths.

The Impact of Freedom

Then, there’s the simple fact that people work 12% harder when they feel happy and contented. In a familiar, comfy environment, with the preferred amenities around them, it’s hard for employees to feel anything but satisfied. Therefore, they find it easier to achieve.

With a virtual provider for support, you can give your team access to world-class resources. Whether it is communications software, help from a dedicated receptionist, or 24/7 IT support; they’ll have the perfect combination of nurturing and independence.

More Money for the Future

It’s also worth noting that, without a full-time office, businesses have the potential to save thousands of dollars every year. Even if you split your workplace routines and spend just a proportion of the week off-site, the savings are still substantial.

With more money, there are better opportunities and the business can grow faster. You can invest in specialised training, bigger employee rewards, a more diverse product range, or superior marketing. The reality is that’s not always a bad thing to strip things back.  

How to Register with a Virtual Office in New Zealand

It is easier than you think to become a virtual tenant and get your remote team started. There are few obligations, so the process is very quick. Usually, tenants do have to sign contracts, but these are inherently flexible. There are no ‘lock-in terms,’ so you can leave at any time.

Many of the virtual vendors in New Zealand offer introductory deals and trial periods. They are a great way for businesses to get familiar with the concept of remote work and learn how to access corporate resources remotely. If you find it isn’t right for you, there’s no risk involved.  

Published by Sarah Williams