By Charity Kilbourn – Sr. Content Leader, ACTN Strategies LLC
The Covid-19 pandemic forced many businesses to implement remote work for the first time. The sudden necessity has pushed many leaders to consider a more permanent role in their operations framework for a remote work model. Is your organization considering having a percentage or even all of your employees continue working in a remote capacity? Here are a few things to consider:
More Positions Can Be Performed Remotely Than Previously Thought
Prior to the pandemic, many organizations greatly underestimated the number of positions that could effectively be performed remotely. However, when circumstances changed and there was little choice but to allow employees to work remotely, leaders began to discover a great deal more flexibility in many roles. Remote doctor visits have become the norm, litigation is being done virtually, and teachers are even providing instruction from their homes.
Productivity Increased in Many Areas
It may seem counterintuitive, but many remote workers have reported being more productive when working from home. In fact, a recent survey showed a 47% increase in worker productivity. This can mean enormous gains for any organization.
It’s Not for Everyone
While working from your living room may seem like a dream to many, for others it can be difficult and isolating. Having the ability to look over at your desk mate and ask a question or grab a coffee in the break room while discussing a new project may seem trivial, but these interactions can be a deceptively large part of a constructive and innovative office environment.
It Can Be Difficult to Disconnect
Work-life balance can be exceedingly difficult for some to achieve when working remotely. Many remote workers report feeling like they need to be accessible all day instead of being able to walk away from the office after a shift. Some also have a hard time implementing a schedule for themselves and end up working into the evening. This can negatively impact families and mental health.
Whether your company decides on implementing remote work, continuing with in-office work, or offering a blend of both, having a well thought out approach to the way you move forward in the new normal environment is the best way to ensure lasting success.
Stay tuned for our ongoing series on remote work. Up Next – Remote Work Series Part 2: Managing a Remote Multi-Generational Workforce