Managers say there are employee motivational benefits in remote working, but they still have fears about productivity, a lack of team bonding, and data security.
According to a survey of more than 1,100 managers commissioned by secure infrastructure firm SonicWALL, managers are becoming more comfortable with their staff working remotely, despite potential detrimental effects on the business.
The survey found that more than half of respondents believed that offering their employees the ability to work remotely is a competitive necessity or a motivating perk for employees.
More than a third of managers had employees that work out of the office more than 20% of the time. The chief reasons to allow such working were employee motivation (26%), cost of office space (15%), rising utility prices (14%), and traffic or weather conditions (14%).
Managers identified several concerns about remote working, with the top three being productivity, a lack of team building and data security.
When their remote employees do not immediately answer their home or mobile phones, managers show some lapse of faith. Nearly a quarter think their employees are running household errands or shuttling the kids around, and 9% believe they are being deliberately ignored.