Working from home has not been common in Kenya, however, the COVID-19 pandemic may force Kenyan based companies to embrace the work-from-home model of operation.
Below are some of the benefits that come along with the work-from-home model.
· Increased productivity
There is a lot of research to show that allowing employees to work from home can boost productivity. Employees working remotely tend to get mode work done, and are willing to go the extra mile to get projects completed. More than 50% of employees who work remotely do not mind working overtime.
· Low turnover
Allowing employees to work from home or remotely can be the easiest way to retain your top talent for years. People who work remotely are more satisfied with their job. This is because working from home takes away the stressful work environment where office politics usually is rife. Working from home gives your employees the chance to work in a stress-free environment. This way, they focus more on the work and less on what is happening around them.
· It saves the company’s money
In Kenya, the cost of doing business or running a company is very high. This is due to the hard economic times. One of the ways Kenyan companies can save money is by allowing their employees to work from home. When you have a workforce working remotely, you will reduce spending on office space, furniture, and maintenance. Remote employees use their personal computers to get the work done. Projects can be managed through cloud-based software, and employees can face time if they need to collaborate with other employees on a project. All a company needs to invest in is an excellent IT solution to ensure there is a seamless connection between the employees and the company.
· Companies can hire the best
Companies that allow employees to work remotely have the chance to work with the best in the industry. Kenya is a diverse country, and hiring remotely can make it possible for companies to employ from any part of the country. This way, the positions available in the company will not be limited to people living in the same locality as the company. Remote working means that the company can hire top talent from anywhere.
· Less commuting time for employees and less absenteeism from work
One of the factors that affect the productivity of a company is employee absenteeism. One way to reduce absenteeism is by having employees work from home. Even when the employee is under the weather, the option of working from home allows them to get some work done whenever they can.
It is also possible to reduce cases of absenteeism due to commuting time by having employees work from home. Commuting in Kenya can cause a lot of delays on projects since employees need to work on a 9 to 5 schedule to ensure they get to work early enough and get home in time. Eliminating this need to stick to a time frame can boost employee performance and the overall performance of the company.
Even though remote working is still new to Kenyan employees, how it plays out during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic will dictate how employers respond to it in the future. When done right, remote working can be the solution to a sustainable 24-hour economy.