Is Remote Working the New Normal?
The past two years have left an everlasting influence on everyone’s lives, emotionally and professionally. The Covid outbreak has altered life as we know it: our way of living, socializing, functioning, you name it. It has all experienced a surprising transformation. The corporate sector witnessed a significant switch in its ability to operate. Company owners would have never speculated in a million years that they would be compelled to desert their offices due to a global pandemic one day.
However, every cloud has a silver lining. The desertion of the office spaces furnished the freedom to work from anywhere for professionals. Yet, when the constraints ultimately relaxed, numerous businesses renewed functioning from the office.
The back-to-office motion paved a course for an intriguing question: what is more satisfactory, operating from the amenity of one's home or the confines of the workplace? Or is a hybrid work habitat more conducive?
Presented with the privilege of functioning from anywhere for the past two years, employees still favor operating from homes. But will this sheltered work option prove endurable?
Company owners and employees should evaluate the factors presented below before providing/ making a choice.
Businesses incur infrastructural expenditures when employees operate from the office. This cost gets decreased if the employees work from home. Thereupon, electronic and electrical equipment operation costs are also reduced.
No location restraint
Due to remote working conditions, organizations can employ from the talent pool outside the corporate zones. The employer can recruit the best talent without stressing about location limitations.
Employees who don't waste time commuting to work exhibit growth in their overall productivity.
Individuals satisfied with their work manage to remain in their existing profiles for an extended duration. It increases overall employee retention rates.
However, this remote working liberty comes with its downsides as well.
Lack of community culture
It is challenging to promote corporate culture if employees work remotely. Employees connecting via digital mediums is not efficient as in-person summits.
Greater chance of burnout
Not everyone believes flexible work hours are a boon. Reason: there is no clear demarcation of work from home. One may continue working beyond their planned work hours, disrupting their work-life equilibrium. Prolonged exposure to such routines may cause employee burnout.
Lack of motivation
Working side by side with coworkers can encourage an individual to work efficiently. This may not happen when working alone. Remote working can also increase circumstances of distractions, which may negatively impact productivity.
Subjectively, the grass is invariably greener on the other side. Everything has its pros and cons. It exclusively depends on the individual to decide a working strategy that suits them best.
For more information on how to efficiently manage remote staff, check out our previous blog here.