Is Working From Home Effective?
While working remotely has a poor reputation historically, many businesses are implementing work-from-home rules.
FREMONT, CA: Remote employees have historically had a negative reputation. Numerous employers feared their employees would be too easily distracted at home, where their managers could not monitor their direct reports.
Remote work was relatively uncommon a decade ago. Traditionally, working from home was only possible case-by-case basis to accommodate families. However, technology advancements in teleconferencing and telework have enabled specific organizations to operate with entirely remote teams. Indeed, businesses frequently permit employees to work from home once or twice a week.
Remote employment can also assist reduce the spread of illness, saving businesses money, and safeguarding public health. For instance, the COVID-19 epidemic spurred several firms to implement a remote work paradigm for all employees to contain the coronavirus's spread.
Teleworking has become an established practice in many offices, both in the United States and abroad, due to these advancements in communication technology and internet access. This type of work is not only performed from home; remote employees frequent coffee shops and coworking spaces, and others even travel the world while pursuing their career ambitions.
Today's workforce is increasingly mobile, collaborative, and dynamic, spanning many generations with varying communication preferences. These employees come from various professions—and each has a unique set of obstacles when it comes to keeping connected on the job.
Many businesses, however, have resisted this work trend for a variety of reasons. Some business owners may be concerned about employee productivity, while others may have neglected to invest in teleconferencing and telework technology to accommodate remote workers. Nonetheless, many other firms have dabbled in remote work by instituting a work-from-home policy for one or two days each week or as an exception for a few employees.
On the other side, implementing a remote working strategy can help businesses save money by eliminating the need for expensive office space (or satellite offices) while allowing employees to choose their schedules and work from wherever they please. It has the potential to be a win-win situation.