After a year of living through a global pandemic, many people's working lives look very, very different. While many of us are happy to return to the office, others are actually worried about returning to the requirements of a schedule between nine and five away from home. Both employees and employers wonder: is there telework here to stay?
The short answer is in some form yes. While almost all of us are happy to interact with our colleagues, hold meetings without being interrupted by our pets and participate in work-related activities that just do not translate over Zoom, recent data shows that many employees hope that the opportunity to work remotely will remain on the table in some form.
A recent survey by Envoy showed that 48% of employees would prefer a "hybrid model", where they can sometimes work from home and go into the office on other days. Almost the same amount (47%) said they would consider leaving their jobs if they were not allowed to work remotely after the pandemic is over. Other surveys show that even higher numbers of employees prefer full or partial remote work. And it's not just employees who are sold on a remote work model: a survey of employers by HR consulting firm Mercer showed that "90% of employers say productivity has been the same or improved with employees working remotely, and 82% say they will implement flexible work on a larger scale after the pandemic. "
Advantages of working remotely:
As the pandemic has shown us, the old model of compensating employees for hours at work or time in the office is not necessarily as high. productivity. In fact, many employees are even more productive when they get to work when and where they want, and they like their jobs more. Other benefits include:
Environmental factors: Teleworking reduces commuting, keeps cars off the road and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Employees who work from home generally consume less energy and create less waste.
Time and Productivity: The actual time workers save by not having to commute can be better spent on sleep, family time and doing more things done. In some cases, there may be fewer distractions and more opportunities for deep focus to be away from the office. Many employees say they are more productive when working remotely, and several studies have confirmed that this is often the case.
Save money: When employees work remotely or from home, employers save, among other things, office space, supplies, energy costs and transport. Employees can also save money on things like childcare, commuting costs and food.
Make it work for your company:
Even if you are an employer who believes in the benefits of teleworking, you can hesitate to give your employees so much flexibility. But the data shows that you do not have to go all-in on telecommuting to get some of the benefits for you and your employees. Decide what kind of work your employees can do at home and under what circumstances. Consider letting people work from home one or more days a week. Experiment with the model until you find what's right for you and your business because telecommuting is definitely here to stay.
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