This year, National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day falls on a Saturday, which leaves us with two thoughts to ponder:
- There really is a holiday for everything, isn’t there?
- Who needs this to be a holiday when you can work from wherever, whenever, and in whatever you want?!
More and more businesses are opening their minds to remote work strategies that enable employees to easily operate outside the confined walls of an office building. In fact, Global Workplace Analytics found that, among non-self-employed workers, regular work-from-home has grown by 103 percent since 2005. That’s a lot of workers rockin’ jammies 24/7.
The increasing number of remote workers in the workforce must also account for new technologies that are expanding the capabilities of at-home workers. Video and web conferencing is one example creating a more productive virtual work environment. Only downside? You might have to forgo the PJs from the waist up.
While our hope is that everyone will wear their softest flannels and enjoy the day off from work, here are four reasons to be a proud pajama-donning remote worker:
With Earth Day on the horizon (April 22), there’s no better time to recognize how flexible remote work options help support an energy conscious corporate environment, one that allows people to save time, money, and gas for morning and evening commutes. Less strain on personal and public transportation systems, fewer accidents, and improved air quality are just a few examples of how flexible jobs truly create a domino effect packed with positive eco-friendly results.
Namaste: Finding Balance.
With a laptop, smartphone, tablet, and various other touch points within reach, it is clear that employees are now more accessible than ever. At-home workers are also known to clock in longer workdays. It’s also a response to flexible hours that help us juggle our busy schedules. This accelerated level of “connectedness” is becoming more standard for the next generation of employees entering the workforce, making remote working a very attractive feature.
All Around the World.
A global workforce is much more capable of responding to the needs of an international business. On the customer service side, giving workers the ability to conduct business anywhere creates more agile, responsive teams. From a work culture standpoint, it breaks down walls and eliminates geographic distance, helping employees connect, share, and learn. It also goes without saying that remote working can be a big money saver. Capabilities such as video conferencing offer face-to-face conversations through unified communications software that can reduce travel costs by 30 percent for businesses.
Be Productive. B- E- Productive!
According to a State of Workplace Productivity Report, 65 percent of full-time employees agree that a malleable and remote work schedule would increase their productivity. Removing distractions such as loud colleagues, impromptu in-person meetings, and water cooler gossip can lead to fewer distractions and drive higher efficiency.
It’s time to be honest with yourself. When’s the last time you worked in your pajamas? Let’s be real, we all have done it. Remote work flexibility means we probably are doing it more than we let on. Tomorrow’s holiday lets us embrace the many benefits afforded to us by technology, opening doors to new workplace trends. So tap into your inner child and throw on the flannel. Stay cozy, friends!