Over the last couple of years, there has been a big shift towards remote working, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. So much so, that nearly eight out of ten workers now say they would move job to one that allows them to work from home on a permanent basis.
This is according to Marketing Signals’ latest research, which found that 60 per cent of those who would change job for remote working privileges would do so to gain a better work-life balance, Employee Benefits reported.
In addition to this, nearly half (44 per cent) thought they could have a healthier daily routine if they worked remotely, with 22 per cent claiming they could do a morning workout; four out of ten stating they would be able to work from abroad without having to take annual leave, and 35 per cent thinking spending more time with family and friends would improve their mental health.
Consequently, Marketing Signals became a fully remote company at the end of the first national lockdown in 2020, investing in desks, chairs and monitors for their employees.
“We have a strict policy of not being obliged to respond to emails out of working hours, regardless of what time zone someone is in. That said, we do host regular video calls to check in and see how everyone is doing,” managing director Gareth Hoyle explained.
Using VOIP phones in Colchester is, therefore, essential for good communication among remote workers.
It could become even more important over the next few months, as a recent survey by the Chartered Management Institute for Bloomberg News revealed 45 per cent of managers thought more staff resigned in 2020 compared with the previous year, as employees look for jobs with a better work-life balance, which could include more remote working opportunities.