Remote work: Boon or Bane
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”-Theodore Roosevelt
The idea of where you work and how you work has become very important these days. Thus, “Remote Work” or “work from home” is a popular motto.
So, what exactly does it mean?
Remote work is a method of working that encourages employees to work other than in a typical office setting. In a remote working arrangement, the employee does not commute or drive to an office building or simply a central working place. Instead, they work from home. There are always two sides to the coin, and remote work is no exception. On the plus side, it saves both the employee and the business money. Employees are not required to pay for their transportation. The remote job often saves time and there is no need for transportation. Working at home allows you to be more flexible and versatile with your job life. Employees who are no longer tied to an office would be ideally qualified and more able to work flexible hours, such as earlier or later in the day, or even on weekends. Companies can embrace multiculturalism by hiring candidates from a variety of social, ethical, and cultural backgrounds and experiences, which can be difficult to do when recruitment is limited to a particular location. Remote work also contributes to sustainable development.
Working from home allows for more enjoyable meetings! According to a survey, 7/10 of employees prefer online meetings. Why? Because you are in your comfort zone and you don’t have to sit in a stuffy meeting room which is dead silent fighting the urge to click your pen!
Remote work promotes various sustainable practices, from economic growth and reduced inequalities to sustainable ecosystems, climate change, and resource conservation. Throughout the pandemic, there has been a major decrease in pollution, congestion, and traffic.
What are the negatives then?
Many employees work long hours while bound to a computer screen with no face-to-face interactions or connection with their staff. Working from home might leave you feeling isolated and unmotivated to complete tasks. Getting down is also an important consideration that cannot be overlooked. If a person is not put in their optimal setting, they are required to experience low moods regularly. This would put the desired business results in jeopardy.
“Where focus goes, Energy flows!!!”
The staff must concentrate on the project at hand. However, it is incredibly difficult to deal with disruptions like family members searching for affection or other household disruptions. It’s not that every house has the same convenience standard as a business space. Employees often struggle to differentiate between work and home life that can lead to longer than necessary work, causing frustration and fatigue. Employees working from home are expected to keep track of their job results. Employee discretion is expected for self-regulation, which is a daunting challenge. When breaks and jobs are not monitored, workers will slow down and sometimes break, resulting in longer interruption and much less time to work.
As rightly said by William Shakespeare, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”
All concepts have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and we must make the most of them. Some staff chooses to work from home, while others yearn to return to their office, relax in their favorite office chair, and mingle with their coworkers.
“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”-Calvin Coolidge
So be it WFH or the Traditional Office Work all that matters is how you put down your efforts which lead to productivity throughout.