Telecommuting might be the future of work. Telecommuting, or remote work, is the process of completing work and work assignments outside of the office from my personal laptop or home office. Remote work eliminates commute time and often gives workers more flexibility in choosing when they work. Many different companies and organizations, from Apple to the United States Government, use remote work to improve the productivity and satisfaction of their workforces.

In terms of productivity, the efficiency of the workers day can be improved through remote work. The worker does not waste time commuting, and is less distracted if there are, for example, large events going on in the office building. The worker can sometimes choose to work at the time in the day he or she would be most productive, a time that might not align with the traditional 9-5 workday.

With regard to satisfaction, companies are competing now more than ever to recruit top talent. Working remotely can be a big perk for many employees. Especially people who live far away from the office and those with kids really appreciate the flexibility afforded by remote working.

Finally remote working can be a useful tool in unusual circumstances where meeting in the office would be infeasible or dangerous. For example in the event of a rapidly spreading disease or a severe weather event, remote work might be a companies only option to maintain productivity while still protecting the wellbeing of its workforce.

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Given all of its advantages, it's easy to see why, according to Global Workplace Analytics, remote work grew over the last five years by 44% and over the previous 10 by 91%. It is important that companies understand the benefits of remote work so they can use this new and promising tool to their advantage.

According to a survey, remote working teams get more done in less time allowing them to invest more time on starting new projects, developing new methodologies and overall, improving the company. Additionally, it has been proven that workplace stress is largely reduced with 82% of remote workers reporting lower stress levels. Remote workers can be happier and healthier, creating positive attributions to the business.

Remote working is as effective, maybe more effective, than localized in house working. However,  it does require some coordination, but it also allows the team to have more flexibility, which can help maintain a healthy work-life balance. Given all of its advantages, it's easy to see why, according to Global Workplace Analytics, remote work grew over the last five years by 44% and over the previous 10 by 91%. It is important that companies understand the benefits of remote work so they can use this new and promising tool to their advantage.

According to a survey, remote working teams get more done in less time allowing them to invest more time on starting new projects, developing new methodologies and overall, improving the company. Additionally, it has been proven that workplace stress is largely reduced with 82% of remote workers reporting lower stress levels. Remote workers can be happier and healthier, creating positive attributions to the business.