For a business, being able to offer a new scheme that not only saves on costs but also increases productivity is a no-brainer. Employees who regularly work remotely are more likely to put extra effort into their roles and work longer hours as a result of the flexibility provided. Even if productivity only increases minimally or not at all, there are no studies in the UK of remote working being the factor for a business's output suffering.
If a business needs to supply less heating, water and electricity to their offices and workspaces, there will be tangible savings made by having remote workers. In fact, since 2020 many UK businesses have closed their previously costly office spaces and have embraced remote working that saves them money and doesn't cost their productivity.
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Businesses that employ remote workers can typically cover a far greater search area as locality to the business isn't as important, with fewer or no commutes. Additionally, remote work has fewer means of discriminating and stereotyping any group within society, so a workforce can become more diverse and representational of the UK population. Employing a remote team is an easy way for a business to ensure greater diversity, equity, and inclusion, even for employees who face unique health challenges.
Employers who offer remote working opportunities tend to have a higher retention of employees and a workforce with a higher morale, leading to more engagement with work. Since 2020 in particular, businesses that don't offer any flexible working arrangements may struggle when searching for candidates, whilst businesses offering remote work may have a choice of candidates wishing to work for their business.