Is Remote Working Here to Stay?
An important question on many lips at the moment is “Is remote working here to stay?”
Here at the Virtual Training Team, we say yes!
There might be a little clue in our name, but we have always been huge advocates for remote and virtual working. With the massive virtual shift the world went through earlier in 2020, the concept of working disparately has become a much more acceptable one.
But does that mean that it is here to stay? Who is to say that once a vaccine becomes commonplace, we won’t all flock back to our offices in droves and that previous normality will resume?
Well, some organizations have discovered that being remote actually works just as well for them as being physically co-located.
Working remotely is likely to become a permanent fixture for most companies. While there may have been some resistance at first, the challenges associated with the transition have been well and truly addressed by now.
Any trust concerns that might have existed around employees being productive without the supervision of management has been allayed and employees now feel empowered by the new flexibility.
In fact, many organizations have seen a rise in productivity and positive outputs fuelled by working remotely.
This isn’t to say that remote working is for everyone. There are industries in which the ability to work remotely is less beneficial and more problematic, such as factory environments, hospitality or B2C retail. These areas are no doubt looking forward to the ‘return to normality’.
But for the standard office worker, new horizons have been discovered during this period of remote work in the pandemic.
The Benefits of Remote Working
Here are a list of the benefits that employees can enjoy;
The lack of commuting requirements give the average employee more time for personal things; be it time with family, exercise, the opportunity to eat breakfast etc.
Further to the lack of commute, it allows employees to save money, rather than having a weekly outgoing on petrol or public transport.
Taking a break at work can be tricky. Often, there is not enough time to go anywhere or eat anything substantial. However when working remotely, employees can often make more of their breaks, by making home prepared lunch, going for a short walk, or even taking a nap.
In a remote working environment, trust is paramount. Employees are empowered with a sense of trust to get on with their job and to seek assistance if they need it.
Further to the above points, remote working affords employees more flexibility to their days. Depending on the arrangement with their organization, this can be reflected in start and end time, allowing leeway for parents or carers, and even in daily schedules, such as the taking of breaks etc.
Working disparately and remotely means a greater sense of inclusivity. With everyone being virtual, it means all team meetings are held virtually, greater online chat happens between teams and communication is constant. No one is excluded, which can only be a good thing.
Never miss another delivery! Take the dog for a walk at lunch time! Stop paying out so much for child-care! There are a host of personal benefits that come with working remotely, which makes for happier and more relaxed employees. Cashing in on these benefits too, means increased productivity, happier work environment and a higher functioning team.
We can’t say that every business will be embracing remote working 100% come the new year, but we certainly think that it will be much more prevalent than it has been previously. How do you feel about it? Love remote working or loathe it?
If you feel you need a bit of help finding the perfect balance with remote working, why not check out our virtual workshop - How to Succeed as a Remote Worker?