With the world as we know it coming to a halt over the
emergence of the recent Covid-19 pandemic, large and small companies alike have
recognised the need to adapt to the remote work culture. Working from a home
environment has a number of challenges and constraints considering that
managers have to rely on chat boxes, emails, and phone calls to convey a
message they could have very well conveyed through a holler across the work
desk. In this blog, we take a look at some of the interesting reads we came across
about working from home and how we need to embrace the need for remote work.
#1 – A Deep Dive into Remote Work for Our Future of Work,
This article by Forbes is an interesting take on how the
Coronavirus poses a crucial opportunity to start a conversation about working
remotely and rethink collaboration and how it can benefit organisations.
Even before the pandemic, the US has seen a stark 159%
increase in employees working remotely and has moved into IT, Healthcare, Sales
and other verticals as well. Needless to say, technology is at the forefront of
enabling remote work. But how do leaders enforce standards and ensure that
every employee is able to optimise his work while working from a remote
#2 – Remote Work Statistics: Shifting Norms and
Remote work is no longer a fancy perk that organisations
hand out. A majority of survey respondants believed that flexible work hours
and remote work has become the new normal. The article by Flexjobs takes a
statistical approach into the eye-catching numbers behind the increasing number
of remote workers.
Not only have organisations experienced a 44% increase in
remote employment but this is on an upward trajectory. Additionally, remote
work is also more prevalent in cities with high income levels owing to the
nature of knowledge work that pays higher wages. The article also goes on to
elucidate the perks of being more inclusive towards remote employment such as
its link to higher job satisfaction, better productivity, and ability to
attract and retain talent.
#3 – The 7 Biggest Remote Work Challenges (And How to
Overcome Them), Zapier
The title of this article is pretty self-explanatory, but it
has so much going on. It references a study by United Nations International
Labour Organisation (UNILO) that found that while remote employment enables
better productivity, exposes employees to the vulnerabilities of longer working
hours, increased intensity, and greater stress.
One of the biggest fears that managers have when they ponder
over approving remote work is the thought that their employees might be
slacking off. But in reality, the opposite tends to be true. With no way to
create physical barriers between their workspace and home environment, it is a
real danger that can lead to burnout. This article has many nuggets of
information that emphasises the reality of remote work.
#4 – Managing Businesses and Work from Home: The
Coronavirus Impact, Entrepreneur
This article takes a more focused approach to the effects of
the present Coronavirus pandemic and how it has forced organisations to step
back and rethink the way they function. While the pandemic is expected to
create a shift in the corporate landscape, it has brought about one certainty –
the need to invest in technology for home-based work.
With this in mind, it’s easier said than done to adapt to the phenomena and ensure business continuity. And this is where the article dishes out an amazing piece of advice that plies to both small business owners and managers who have not had their teams work remotely before – the 3Cs of operations (Clarify, Communicate, and Connect).
#5 – Remote Work Advocates Warn Companies About Covid-19 Work from Home Strategies, Forbes
Many experts last year predicted that the year 2020 would be the “year of remote work.” But despite these indications, no one anticipated that the Covid-19 pandemic would ever result in the remote work experiment of such massive proportions it is today.
There are two noteworthy highlights that this article draws attention to. The first being a warning that what we are seeing presently is not a trend of companies incorporating remote work ideals but rather an event that has caused them to temporarily adjust to this inconvenience. The second is a call-out to the potential crash that the job market, international trade, and corporate sustainability could face, should millions of businesses shift from remote work to office environments. Worrying times, indeed.