Johannesburg - Working remotely using just an internet connection helps boost productivity, say Fin24 users.
On Friday, Fin24 published a story on a remote working study by workspace solutions company Citrix and the London-based Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr).
The study said that remote working via the internet could boost South Africa’s economy by R17bn annually, according to a study.
READ: Working remotely could boost SA economy by R17bn
The survey took in the views of 1 250 South Africans. Respondents represented knowledge workers such as architects, software engineers, lawyers, doctors, accountants and academics.
Key findings of the study indicated that remote working via the internet could add 0.4% to gross domestic product and cut commuting costs by R39.5bn.
The study also said that workers could also save 320 million hours spent travelling to and from work annually.
And Fin24 users have expressed support for the remote working movement.
Fin24 user Paula wrote:
“I work remotely throughout South Africa and Africa and this way I am more productive than the normal contractor. It enables me to work the hours that would suit the client. It is cost- saving to the client as there is no travel/accommodation costs involved.”
Fin24 user Gavin wrote:
Remote: Cape Town based office, head office in Holland. Extensive travel to West Africa, Europe and USA. No matter the destination, provided internet access and cellular telecom is available, it doesn't matter where I work.
Caveat: It is very important and beneficial to myself and my colleagues, that I am in their physical workspace from time to time- if for nothing else than building the personal relationships between us. This aspect is critical, in my opinion, to ensuring successful remote working environment.
Gavin - currently in Paris's Sorbonne area for the weekend- between meetings with clients. Sent on the move.”
Fin24 user Andre wrote:
“I do. Super fantastic! I work hard and effectively. My travel time is reduced by + 90%. I can now use my extra time to spend with my family.
My boss is an expat from Europe and understand remote working. Our company also support this working style. We are globally 44 000 employees and set up with technology to work for us for meetings, one on one and continuous training.
Viva remote working!”
And finally Fin24 user Lindo said:
Yes remote work is such a good thing. In our company we allow people to work remotely; it adds great value. For instance I have a company petrol card but I save a lot because I can work from home.
I am more productive in that I have no time limit at home. If I have an idea in the middle of the night I wake up and get going with my work.
It will also improve company's value proposition in that candidates of today would really not like to be confined in the office building, I personally don't like those formal boardroom meetings which do not add value, let's get things going anywhere.”