Being in office has nothing to do with productivity!
2020 has officially proved the above statement. Sealed and stamped.
This year turned out to be an unplanned yet bona fide ‘take that’ to every manager out there who had ever discouraged work from home. Employees worked from home, they were productive, and businesses flourished even while a deadly pandemic wreaked havoc worldwide. In a recent survey across 400 employees and 400 HRs, it has come out that 74% of office workers feel just as productive while working from home and 77% HRs feel the same.
So, are we planning to stick to this mode of flexible working? Maybe we should. Here’s why.
Here’s a word that will turn heads in any business vertical but unfortunately, most of them never tried this out before. We don’t need huge, fancy office spaces and you can surely save a lot of money there. Remote working during the lockdown was a little challenging in the beginning because of the communication issues teams were facing. However, as time progressed, organizations have adapted to virtual communication almost seamlessly. 66% workers have concurred to have collaborated with teammates without a problem. Maintaining a physical workspace is way costlier than a virtual set up and even your enterprise LMS can help you maintain the connectivity.
Lucrative for Millennials
The workforce joining our industries now are the most tech savvy generation ever. They have practically grown up with technology that makes their lives more flexible and has ease of access. This generation will need the same from their workplace to grow and thrive where they will not need to travel long hours or pay huge rents to live nearer to office. Letting them work from an environment that allows them flexibility will develop stronger connect with the organization and better their performance.
For the longest time, the specially abled group of workers have been discriminated against as public spaces are challenging for them. It is now possible for companies to hire a more inclusive workforce who can work remotely and also perform despite their personal challenges. More on that here.
Having said all of this, what must be considered is that distance also causes alienation. According to many Business Communication Reports, face-to-face communication is the most preferred communication method by employees. 22% employees felt that working remotely also meant that they did not log out on time blurring the line between office and work. Creating a remote first work environment will need managers to adapt to remote first policies and that would require some long, hard training for the managers themselves in virtual communication, time management and also remote team building capabilities.
Adapting to growing trends is the need of the hour and the growth of any organization and its employees will be defined by how well we are being able to do that. Here’s to more work from home and virtual bonding!