5 benefits to working from home

Remote working is now becoming more commonplace and is gradually unshackling workers from their office desks.

According to the Office for National Statistics, around 50% of the UK workforce will work remotely by 2020, based on the fact that the number has increased by a quarter of a million over a decade. This is largely in thanks to changing attitudes and ever-improving network capabilities.

So, with its increased popularity, the question now becomes, is this way of working suitable for everyone?

There are generally two schools of thought associated with working from home.

While one group feels that working from home is unproductive, the others are firm believers that working from home means happier and productive workers.

The right answer mainly depends on what kind of a personality you have, and whether you can you give your best while working from home or not.

Some people choose to work from home because it reduces their stress and greatly increases their productivity. Also, it is suggested that working from home is beneficial for employers as well because they save operational costs in the long run.

But not every job can be done from home. A plumber, policeman, and judge are some professions that require individuals to be available on site for their respective work to be done. But a work from home policy can easily be implemented in a few industries including recruitment.

Here are some of the potential benefits to working from home…

Fewer distractions, more productivity

Working from home means fewer distractions. There will no other recruiters around you to disturb, so you can solely focus on your work and get things done in a timely manner. No taking other peoples calls and messages, no tea runs, “catch ups” or meetings for meetings sake. You manage your day and work to your own schedule.

Work in a comfortable environment

You can work in any style you want. Want to work on your laptop while in bed? Do it! Want to draft your strategy while watching your favourite movie? Do that! Want to check your emails during your gym time? You can do that too! Since you will have total control of your surroundings, you can transform your work environment into one that is most beneficial to you. An office environment isn’t compulsory. To be a good recruiter all you need is a laptop, a phone and bags of enthusiasm and drive.

Good for your health

There are several reasons why working from home could be better for you. First and foremost, stress reduction. Being away from managers, office politics and commuting stress, often helps people feel more content. Secondly, with more time in the day, there’s the opportunity to set up your own schedule to include exercise and downtime or hobbies.

Take lunch and walk the dog or have a run. Balance is important, but that doesn’t mean you don’t work as hard. In fact, the knock-on effect can be that you work harder but have much less stress.

Save money

By working from working, you’ll save money on fuel or commuting as well as saving money on lunch, snacks, and clothes.

More quality time and a better work/life balance

When you work from home you can spend much more of your time with your family or friends. You can easily pick the kids up from school, drop them to their swimming class and attend their sports day, all without upsetting your boss. You can even adjust your schedule according to your children’s requirement.

If you love sport or play for a team, all of this can become part of your day/week without the eye rolling from peers or managers as you shut down at 5pm to go and play football.

Parents, check your emails early in the morning, make a few calls after dropping the kids to school and work late in the evening after putting the kids to bed. There is so much you can do and you are less likely miss out on your family or time with friends and loved ones once you are home-based.

If you want to work from home, find out about our home working recruitment desks by contacting Louise Laurie at louise.laurie@execrecruitgroup.com or call 0333 2412433.

5 ways to achieve a better work/life balance

Many recruiters believe that achieving a balanced work/life is an impossible feat.

Conventional wisdom would have you believe that, if you are a recruiter, you are expected to work hard around the clock and spend very little time on your social life.

However,  with the rise of flexible working hours in the corporate world, there are now ways to help recruiters avoid working twelve hours a day inside the office walls….

1.  Flexible working hours

Recruiters are better able to control their day if they work in organisations that promote flexible work hours or remote working. For instance, if you worked twelve hours on Monday, you can take a half day off on Tuesday or start late and finish early.

This flexibility will give you time to catch up on things you miss out on such as going to the gym, a shopping trip, quality time with your loved ones, or simply catching up with friends. Remember, just because you are not working every day does not mean you are not working hard.

2. Decide a time for office meetings

Recruiters often function alone, which is not always beneficial. With your head running in a dozen different directions, it’s good to get together with other recruiters or experts in your sector, whether that’s for interviews, client meetings or to increase your reach at a networking event. Making the time to be out and about away from your desk can be a positive change as long as it’s productive.

The rest of the time you can dedicate to meetings outside the office or for your personal errands.

3. Make the most of technology

Thanks to advancements in technology, achieving a good work-life balance is very possible. Technology has introduced many new opportunities for recruiters that were not there before. With cloud technology, you can work from any location in the world.

Even if you are travelling, you can stay connected to your work. From emails to databases / CRM and social media, everything can now be accessed online, giving you flexibility so that you don’t have to be in the office 12 hours a day.

You also have unlimited options for video conferencing such as Skype and FaceTime which you can use for instant communication with your office colleagues, candidates and clients. In fact, a lot of interviews and meetings regularly involve some sort of video call.

4. Look for the company offering the most benefits

Employers know recruitment is a competitive industry. Hence, they are now offering max perks to their recruiters. Settle for the one that gives you great benefits such as good commission, holiday plan and flexible working hours or the opportunity to work remotely when necessary.

5. Work as an independent recruiter

If you feel suffocated in your current organisation or feel that you need more time for yourself, then the good news is that the industry is now changing. Recruiters are now realising if you want to increase your earnings you need to take a bigger chunk of what you bill and not be capped by a maximum percentage in commission or hindered by thresholds.

Many are now switching to being independent recruiters and starting their own recruitment businesses. This does not only give them the opportunity to manage their day as per their own schedule but if their business takes off then they also make a lot more money.

If you want a better work/life balance, find out about the flexitime working for Exec Recruit Group by contacting Louise Laurie at louise.laurie@execrecruitgroup.com or call 0333 2412433.