2020 is a year nobody will forget anytime soon. With the widespread of the Covid pandemic and the order to stay at home, a lot of people lost their jobs and those that did not had to readjust to a new system which is ‘working from home’. It was a year that greatly tested a lot of people’s resilience.
Even though the pandemic is now receding and a lot of companies have resumed work, the system of working from home has come to stay. In a lot of places, workers are mandated to spend a number of days working from home in a week or month.
These companies have realized that it does not reduce productivity. Rather, the change of environment enhances it. But, as great as this mixed work setup is, it comes with its own challenges. That’s why we have interviewed experts from F.H. Cann and Associates Inc. on the future of remote work and this was how the interview went;
What does remote working mean?
This refers to a situation where an employee works from anywhere outside of a corporate office. It is a system which subscribes to the idea that work can be done anywhere successfully.
Does working remotely have any benefit at all?
The benefits of working remotely are countless for both the employees and the employers. For employees, they can save up on extra expenses like taking transport to work, buying gas, paying toll fees and spending in office cafeterias among other miscellaneous expenses.
Not to mention the fact that travelling from home to work takes a lot of time for many employees, especially those who have to go by metro. By the time many of them get to work, they’re already tired and that reduces productivity.
You mentioned that working remotely is beneficial to employees, can you explain that?
Employees are not the only ones who gain from working from home, employers do too. If the productivity of your workers goes up because they don’t have to turn in work every day, then that’s a good thing for you. In addition, you get to reduce costs because you don’t have to pay for rent, electricity, maintenance and other things if your employees don’t have to turn in for work.
Is remote working disadvantageous at all?
Things that have benefits usually have disadvantages. It’s something like two sides of a coin. If your employees are working from home, you can forget about accurately monitoring performance. Of course, you can set deadlines for them that they have to meet but dictating what they have to do with their working hours will be a little bit difficult.
Is there a future for remote work?
Definitely! Remote work has come here to stay. Already before Covid, the system was gaining a lot of popularity but it was the pandemic that finally opened a lot of people’s eyes to its many benefits.
According to our research and with the way things are going, more people are likely to subscribe to remote work after Covid since it’s easier and even cost effective. Of course, this means HR Managers will have to come up with different standards for hiring workers.
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