Remote Working vs Working On-Site
Love this question on Remote Working: ‘What superhero reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 20 per cent, overcomes gridlock faster than a speeding train, and leaps over distraction barriers in a single bound?
Hint: Often seen wearing pajamas while on the job…It’s not a bird. Nor a solar plane…It’s the Remote Worker‘
So, here I sit in my pj`s working at my computer. No stress spent on deciding what to wear to the office.
Though I am not a true remote worker, I am an entrepreneur with a home-based office. I appreciate the flexible work arrangements that I have. It strengthens my resiliency while running a successful business. Some days I work all day and into the evening. On other days, I may find myself helping out a family member or pulling the weeds from my gardens. This flexibility gives me the balance that I want and need.
Remote Working can benefit the employee and the employer…
Prior to the pandemic, a survey of Transport Canada employees who telecommute three days a week experienced a:
- 46% decrease in stress
- 45% increase in job satisfaction
- 30% increase in job productivity
Remote Working is the most desired family friendly job perk:
A 2022 Career Builder Inc. survey found that when evaluating job opportunities, 77% of employed job seekers place at least some importance on the option for remote work, with 21% saying it’s absolutely essential when determining if a role is right for them. Three-fourths said the ability to work from home was their most desired family-friendly job perk.
Other Advantages of Remote Working:
- Reduces the need to build, operate and maintain costly office buildings and to burn fuel to heat or cool those buildings.
- Remote Working is competitively superior to forcing employees to sit in traffic.
- It keeps employees productive through rain, snow, hurricanes, floods or earthquakes, while office-based companies grind to a halt.
- It can reduce or eliminate the cost of relocating existing and new employees.
So what gets in the way of Remote Working as an option?
While many were forced to work remotely during the pandemic, not every job was well suited for remote working or even other forms of flexibility. The biggest resistance that we saw was from management and its reluctance to move from a time-based to objective-based approach, where the individual has greater freedom but also greater responsibility for achieving set objectives.
The objective-based system requires greater trust between management and Remote Working employees and leads to improved productivity Click to tweet
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Building Resiliency By Implementing Remote Working Arrangements:
Companies that aim to provide/continue to provide a flexible working option —as a means to encourage a healthy work-life balance, build resiliency and retain key workers, need to:
- Create strategies that ensure Remote Working programs are set up in a controlled and secure way.
- Develop a Remote Working policy that lets all employees know exactly where they stand and what best practices they are expected to adhere to.
- Be clear on how to assess the achievements of a worker who is not always physically present. This is important to maintain both the ability to manage and the presence of the Remote Worker as an active member of the team.
- Lay down good foundations. This should include provision of the necessary equipment and support, working practices, management practices and a means of assessing how the program is progressing before opening it up company-wide.
As an employee, if you are interested in/or would like to continue Remote Working arrangements, plan out your approach first:
- Consider how this might positively or negatively impact your job, your family, your employer, your team members.
- What Remote Working arrangements make the most sense for working effectively with your colleagues and your customers.
- What equipment do you need to make this work.
There are many adjustments that need to be made both by the employer and by the employee to make remote working work. Good communication and problem solving skills are the foundation to working out any kinks.
So here`s to all super heroes working in their pj`s – May it be a productive day!
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