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Has the increase in working from home been pushed along by the paperless movement?

Once upon a time, working from home was considered a novelty. However for many, working from home is now the norm. Earlier this year, official figures by the TUC stated that 1.5 million people in the UK now work from home – highlighting an increase of a fifth in just 10 short years. But what has helped push this trend forward?

Going paperless has played a huge part in home working

Undoubtedly, the paperless movement has played a significant role in the almost unprecedented rise of remote working. Although the paperless movement has been somewhat under the radar for around a decade, due to the increase in importance and continued reliance on computers and technology home working has pushed the idea of going paperless forward, and as a result, the paperless office is now no longer seen as a pipedream with organisations all over the world striving for a paper-free workforce. Bringing a multitude of benefits, paperless workforces have saved businesses millions of pounds thanks to increased productivity and less being spent on paper and ink but to name a few. And now, the rise of remote working is doing the same for businesses.

Going paperless gives staff freedom

Remote working is done daily, whether it be reguarly or on an ad hoc basis to meet the needs of workers, it is a now common practice amongst workers in the western world. Nowadays, companies agree to let staff work from home to help cut down on commuting costs, aid with childcare, and of course, save themselves money on an office space. And moving towards a digital workforce has made all of this possible.

Going paperless gives workers unlimited access

When people work remotely, they have access to all their files, folders and documents at the click of a button. Documents are now saved on clouds and computers themselves, allowing for instant access anywhere and anytime – unlike paper files. If a person wanted to work from home for example, but didn’t work in a forward-thinking, paperless office, and didn’t have the relevant documents with them then this would prove to be nigh-on impossible. And this is where going paperless really comes into its own.

Going paperless increases collaboration

Going digital allows people to collaborate, receive, edit and send work back with ease – no matter where they are in the world – something that paper files just can’t compete with. Which has obviously lead to the question, “Do we really need to GO to work or can we be just as productive – if not more – at home?”

What do you think to the rise in remote working – have you implemented it at your business?

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