According to a survey done by the recruitment company Antal Russia, 32% of companies have employees who work remotely full-time, 45% of employers allow their staff to work from home from time to time, and 30% of companies don't have any remote working options. Also, 8% of employers sometimes hire freelancers who perform their tasks remotely.
However, employers' opinions as to benefits of remote working are markedly divergent. Around one-third of employers believe that remote-working options have a positive effect on productivity, while nearly the same number have an opposite view, saying that remote working makes both the workflow and the team members less efficient.
Ekaterina Kuzmenko, Antal Russia's PR Specialist, who works remotely, comments on the results of the survey:
"From the point of view of an employee, the main advantage of remote working is the opportunity to untie your lifestyle from the office and be able to work from any city of any country. As for an employer who supports such form of employment, they receive a loyal and motivated worker who appreciates the opportunity. On the other hand, the employer saves on resources because there's no need to spend money on a workplace in the office. Besides, salaries of remote workers are traditionally lower than those of employees who work full time in the office. Also, remote working is a way to literally go beyond the physical boundaries of the office – this helps you to start thinking differently and searching for new ideas.
However, I see why some employers don't provide remote working options. First of all, this means risks: to work remotely, an employee must have a much greater degree of self-awareness and self-discipline. Second, it's more difficult to keep a person who is separated from the rest of the team involved in the working process. Besides, remote working may sometimes prevent you from resolving an issue quickly when you could have done this by simply coming to your colleague in the adjacent room.
Much depends on the tasks of the employee – on some positions it's possible to work remotely, while on others it's absolutely necessary to be present in the office. Nevertheless, remote working as a form of employment will continue to evolve, stimulated by new technologies, as well as by new values of the generation of millennials who cherish their work/life balance much more than their older colleagues do".
*The survey was conducted in November 2018 by means of an online questionnaire. It covered 261 Russian and international companies from 16 industry sectors.Return