After the last #FamilyMeeting address by president Ramaphosa, it’s clear that the country is increasingly loosening COVID restrictions. More and more people are getting vaccinated, and the country should now focus more energy on rebuilding the economy and job creation. 

The majority of the South African workforce is slowly switching back to working from the office. If you’re a business owner and are stuck between permanently reopening your offices for your employees or holding off on that thought, this is for you.

Why should you continue working remotely? 

As enticing as going back to ‘regular programming’ may look, we want to explore why it would be more beneficial for small business owners to keep running their businesses remotely as much as they can. 

Keep overhead costs low

Keeping your operations remote saves you money because you won’t have to pay for unnecessary office space. And that means lower overhead costs for your business. Consider using 1-grid’s comprehensive Business Email to connect with your employees and suppliers. The email packages include collaborative tools, instant messaging and video conferencing that makes staying connected with your team easier. 

For meetings that have to happen in person or if you need office space for a few days in the week but don’t want to commit to a lease shared office spaces are the ideal solution. 

Avoid petrol price hikes 

Petrol prices are set to be at an all-time high in April and working from home means you travel less and therefore, can save money on petrol. Cutting costs and saving money as much as possible is crucial in a volatile economy like South Africa. In a recession, it is important to have as much liquid capital as possible and to decrease spending as much as you can. 

Save time on commuting 

Working from home eliminates the need for commuting to and from work. Travelling involves being stuck in traffic and navigating public transport for some. Eliminating commuting means that you and your team have more focus time and higher productivity. 

Avoid taxi and e-hailing strikes

The recent taxi strikes in Cape Town and nationwide e-hailing driver strikes have a ripple effect on traffic flow and businesses. Employees struggle with getting to and from work amid volatile public transport protests. Having a solid work from home infrastructure means that when these unexpected occurrences happen, your business and employees can still function. 

Good mental health

While we cannot fully attribute employees’ good mental health to working from home, there is a correlation. People are happier with having the option to work from home if their role allows. A study done at the beginning of the pandemic shows a significant improvement in the mental health of people who have the flexibility of working from home.   

A big legacy of COVID-19 will be more and more people and companies opting to work or operate remotely. The world is getting smaller, people can live anywhere and you can work and connect with people from different countries without ever leaving your house. Moving your business online or remote will propel your business forward. 

Apart from connecting your team with collaborative tools, also ensure that your business has a strong online presence and invest in your social media to connect with your customers and acquire new ones.