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For most traditional workplace-based employees, remote working is still only an occasional perk. This is even though employees consistently cite flexible working hours and the ability to work remotely as important factors that would improve job satisfaction and work-life balance.
Employees are not the only ones who benefit from working from home; a company can benefit just as greatly from a remote employee. Telecommuting can limit absences, increase productivity, and save money. With telecommuting the idea of the office space is changing but many are saying that it is for the better.
Millennials (who now make up the largest portion of the workforce) will likely have their pick amongst companies competing for them.
Companies and businesses need to be well equipped with the necessary knowledge, budget and resources to successfully implement remote working. Workers also need to ensure that they are mentally and resourcefully prepared to take on remote jobs. Communication and cooperation are the keys to ensure that both the needs of the employer and employee are met. In South Africa, government support will be needed to promote this idea so that resources and education are provided to businesses and current and future employees.