THRIVE WHILE WORKING FROM HOME?
Language of the day has shifted, stating the physical office is a thing of the past.
COVID-19 has taken the world by surprise causing an upheaval within business as we attempt to adapt.
Flexible and remote work has grown over the past 15yrs. as an alternative choice. The question of if/how/when quickly changed to an imperative NOW. Remote work is a financial loss for commercial landlords yet working remotely yields a number of positive outcomes for the employer and employee.
ARE PEOPLE PRODUCTIVE WORKING FROM HOME?
A traditional criticism is that employees slack off at home and that the visible busyness of a physical office promotes productivity. This negative mindset could not be farther from the truth. People from home are less stressed and get more accomplished away from an office environment.
Though many juggle homeschooling along with working from home they report a surge of productivity with the elimination of commuting and feeling content due to additional time invested in family and leisure.
This shift of all team members working remotely resulted in a more refreshed approach to responsibilities. This new found employee freedom empowers productivity and ones best work.
VIRTUAL LEADERSHIP AND COMPANY CULTURE
As we work from home we can suffer the lack of interaction with our peers and leaders. By seeking to share our common experiences of working remotely with each other we foster a conscientious consideration of maintaining the necessary human connections of trust and loyalty.
A CONTINUANCE OF WORKING FROM HOME?
When asked whether they would welcome a return to the office many employees stated they would prefer working from home 2-3 days a week thus revealing that productivity is up and people desire remote long term.
The challenge being the establishing of healthy boundaries; separating work from home life to avoid the imbalance of burnout. Always on call because you work at home is unhealthy. Sick days apply to those who work remotely as well.
THE NEW NORMAL...EMBRACE IT?
As the affects of the global pandemic continue day by day, businesses are adjusting, becoming accustomed to working remotely. Resulting in less discussion about WHEN to return to the office and more along the lines of how to enhance remote work. The outcome, increased productivity and flexibility as a stronger work culture is being built.
Monday October 19, 2020
Written by: Sally Cooper
Reference: Cherie Diaz