Is Telecommuting the Future of Work?
Many employees are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some love it, others hate it. The same can be said of employers. Some have bought into the idea, and are looking for ways to continue after the pandemic subsides. Others are not thrilled and are waiting to go back to normal. No matter which camp you are in, there may be changes on the horizon.
Research shows that remote work or working from home can increase productivity in some cases. Many remote workers report improved mood and more parity between their work and home lives. Remote workers indicate that flexibility is one of the key benefits of working from home.
Reports show that loneliness and isolation is one of the biggest negatives expressed by remote workers. Struggles collaborating with co-workers and communication are also noted. Some remote workers feel like they are invisible to management, which makes them question if they are missing out on key assignments and promotions.
Employers share the same contrary opinions. Some recognize that work from home employees reduces overhead. Many believe that remote workers are happier, and happier employees are more productive.
A recent survey showed that some employers feel workers are less productive and do not collaborate well while working from home. Employers have stated concerns about gear sharing and the cost involved with setting up remote worker's offices.
Employers and employees will have to work together to build work environments that fulfill the productivity needs of management and the flexibility needs of workers. Cost-sharing and collaboration will need to be addressed to ensure a quality work product.
Regardless of whether or not you feel remote workers are a good idea, it is important to consider the changing workforce. Reportedly 85% of Millennials want to work remotely. Employers will have to consider this if they want to attract the best and brightest as Millennials become a large percentage of the workforce.