Remote working: How energy management technology can support the longevity of remote working

During the recent pandemic, many companies have been forced to implement remote working practices. This comes in response to the social distancing measures put in place to lessen the impact of COVID-19.

Months later working from home has become the norm for millions of employees across the UK. Molly Johnson-Jones, the co-founder of Flexible working job platform Flexa said: “Figures suggest only 30% of the UK workforce have ever worked from home” – a huge shift for employees and employers alike.

However, remote working does present some challenges. It means business owners, frequently off-site, could experience decreased control in areas such as workplace productivity, security, bills and consumption, maintaining IT infrastructure, and more. Investing in technologies that provide visibility, may become essential if businesses are to proceed to work from home successfully.

That’s where we come in. The AEMS Energy Management System was designed with remote working in mind, providing users access to on-site energy consumption and much-needed analytics despite where they are.

Remote working here to stay?

It is, without a doubt, the pandemic has proven that in many cases remote working is a success. It poses the opportunity of less office space, less commuting, fewer business trips, reduced bills, and greater productivity and work-life balance amongst staff.

More importantly, adopting remote working practices, could make a business more sustainable, fundamental to achieving the 2050 net-zero goal, as well as flexible when responding to future unexpected events.

One thing is certain: remote working is here to stay. The transition is already visible amongst many businesses including some of the biggest tech companies. Facebook staff are remote working for the remainder of the year, Google has begun to rotate employees on-site with only a 10% occupancy at any one time, whilst Twitter employees have been told to work at home, permanently (Forbes).

Woman remote working

How AEMS can support the longevity of remote working?

If monitoring energy efficiency within a business wasn’t hard enough, managing it off-site will prove just as, if not harder. Having the same visibility off-site is essential for a business looking to continue controlling overheads impacting the bottom-line and ensuring business operations are at maximum efficiency.

Using the AEMS tool, the user can implement manageable energy targets and monitor the results by comparing whether energy expenditure or productivity improves. Time is just as limited working remotely which is why AEMS automatically processes data so it’s immediately available for review – meaning the focus can stay on managing business operations rather than collecting energy data.

Making investment choices can be a struggle during this unpredictable climate. Our analytics make sense of usage by pinpointing peaks in activity, allowing the user to identify investment areas to improve operational efficiency. Users also receive benchmarking analytics, that compares their performance to similar businesses, potentially highlighting that investment and changes to processes are needed.

Having access to energy data can also inform remote working strategies, as users can compare energy savings during remote working versus an office at full capacity. AEMS gives users visibility through trend data – easily view energy data over daily, monthly, and yearly periods.

Don’t have the time to monitor energy even at the best of times? Tailored monthly reports provide a snapshot of overall performance, without digging into the detail of monthly statistics and performance. The AEMS app is also renowned for enabling businesses to keep an eye on their business from anywhere, at any time. Automated alerts let you know when unusual activity has occurred such as when equipment has been left on. Find out more

The next steps

Businesses looking to implement permanent remote working measures should expect to adopt new technologies into their ecosystem that allow them to work effectively.

These technologies may include energy management systems that support off-site working and provide visibility over workforce efficiency and consumption. The need for these also comes from the pressure to emerge from the pandemic greener than before and for businesses to investigate ways they can reduce their carbon footprint. Find out more here.