Webafrica, a South African internet service provider, has declared that it would close its physical offices in order to operate entirely remotely.
The decision was made when the corporation was forced to adopt a remote working strategy because to the Covid-19 outbreak. Employees have been able to access the offices once the lockdown restrictions were lifted. Even Nevertheless, the corporation learned that many workers chose to work from home, leaving the offices barren.
The Cape Town offices closed on April 30, 2022, and the Johannesburg office will continue operating until February 20, 2023.
Sean Nourse, CEO, Webafrica
“A sizeable proportion of our customers work from home, totally reliant on Webafrica to keep them connected and productive, and as a business, we believe that it is important to put our money where our mouth is. We supply our staff with the same internet connectivity that we offer our customers, and it has kept our company running at an optimal, productive level.”
The company claims to have assessed the issue and polled employees on whether they want to work from home or in the office. Most employees prefer working from home since it provides more perks than going to work. This includes reducing travel expenses.
“Remote working has exceeded our expectations in terms of employee productivity and the savings our staff gain by not travelling to work. On average, by working from home we save our employees approximately 2.5 hours a day in traffic and with rising petrol costs, remote working drastically reduces the burden of these increases on our staff’s pockets. If remote working can give our staff that extra time to spend with their children or make family responsibilities easier on them, I’d say it’s definitely worth it.”Sean Nourse, CEO, Webafrica
Nourse pointed out that the employer’s productivity has increased by 20% since they went fully remote.
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