Working Remote - Right Or Wrong?
The pandemic has led to a worldwide lockdown and has changed the way businesses and jobs have been operating the past year. Those who have been fortunate to keep their jobs are being forced to work remotely from home. It cannot be denied that it’s been a challenging time, as the lack of social interaction and being forced to be confined within the four corners of your home can be challenging both mentally and physically.
That being said, a lot of people have had varying experiences working remotely. While the biggest issues have been the lack of a structured routine, companies have seen massive improvements in performances with overall statistics supporting employees working remotely. A survey has shown that 67% of employers have had their productivity remained the same with 27% surveying that productivity has actually been boosted. Businesses lose approximately $600 billion dollars a year due to workplace distractions, and that remote workers are approximately 40% more productive than their office working peers.
Pros for Working Remotely
Working remotely allows flexibility for employees and has become mainstream, as people are now contemplating working remotely even after the relaxation of lockdown measures. Companies have reported higher productivity amongst their employees, and it has saved them from massive expenses such as paying rent and other onsite expenses. Working parents have benefited most, as they are no longer forced to try and struggle to maintain a work-life balance. They have now found it much easier to be part of their children’s lives and be more in tune with everything related to the family and household. People often leave jobs because of better opportunities or more flexible scheduling that allows them to spend more time at home, so working remotely has benefitted everyone enormously as more people have found contentment with their jobs.
Cons to Remote Working
However, there are other things to consider when working remotely. The lack of communication and networking with your colleagues and supervisors often makes it difficult to get issues and points across. If you’re working on a team in a collaborative effort rather than an individual solo project, you may face more hurdles than those who work in the office space. This lack of social interactions can lead to depression and an overall lack of contentment with your work. Do you think you’re capable of being able to work without supervision? Most people find it difficult as they find themselves easily distracted without proper supervision as well as a lack of proper office space that allows them to work uninterrupted and without distractions.
Remote work has become mainstream in today’s corporate culture, and adjusting to it will never be easy. While corporations might be pleased with cutting costs and higher productivity rates being produced, it is not every employee’s preferred work style. People who have difficulties managing their personal and professional life might find it a bit easier. In contrast, others may find it more difficult to define the lines between their work life and social life. Working Remotely may mean that you have to be available 24 hours for all work and assignments, and the lack of interaction and motivation can make it hard sometimes to see your work through. It ultimately depends on your support structure and how you plan to overcome these problems. Suppose you feel confident in your abilities to juggle multiple responsibilities between your home and work. In that case, remote work are something they should consider in the long run as companies would be more than happy to accommodate you.
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