The Coronavirus pandemic compelled the entire globe to engage in a massive (and haphazardly coordinated) work-from-home endeavor. Although some states in the United States are slowly reopening, many others remain with lockdown orders, requiring numerous businesses to keep working remotely. So, is remote working the future of employment? Various researchers are attempting to determine how effective working from home is (for workers and employers), and this is what they have to say.
Even though the changeover occurred abruptly, numerous workers who currently work remotely have relatively positive opinions of their employer’s management of the crisis and the abrupt transition to becoming a remote firm. Not only do these workers praise their bosses’ reaction to their concerns regarding safety and health matters, they believe that bosses are demonstrating compassion. Does this imply that workers are now satisfied with ‘work-from-home’ programs? No, not really!
For some workers, working remotely is not the real deal. To begin with, many employees claim that it is quite overwhelming, a huge percentage of them reporting signs of loneliness. Others state they cannot be fully productive as they face distractions from kids. Nevertheless, the majority have managed to strike the balance between family and work life. For them, working remotely is offering numerous advantages, including more flexibility, reduced commute times, improved work-life balance, and many more.
On the other hand, remote employment has been a lifesaver for numerous businesses throughout the pandemic, maintaining them afloat in these difficult times. That is not to say that employers are not concerned about the changeover. Firms are ‘very concerned’ that worker productivity will suffer, while workers may lose themselves if they fail to understand how to balance home and work. Besides, employers are uncertain how to connect with and hold their employees accountable. Contrary, most employers who resulted in remote working are realizing increased worker productivity, implying that this might just be the start of a complete transition to the work-from-home culture.
Although there is no means of knowing what will occur once the pandemic is over, as the complete effect it has had on work might probably take months or maybe years to be understood, some employees believe their bosses will accept and support more remote work, according to a recent study. At the same time, others still desire to return to their physical workplace. These varied outcomes come as no shocker, but the data suggest that more employees, than before, will choose remote employment.