Remote working is the death of productivity. Or is it?
As early adopters and on-going champions of remote working, we’ll always be the first to disagree with sweeping statements like the one above. But is there actually any truth to it?
Let’s find out.
You can be you, just on turbo power
Well documented advantages of remote working include the complete flexibility and versatility it gives both employers and employees. This alone provides a boost to moral company-wide, giving that ‘holy-grail’ added benefit of increased productivity.
It is likely that the boost in productivity is tied to an improvement in work-life balance. The reduction in travel, the ‘morning rush’ and the financial burdens associated with commuting every day cause a drop in stress and frustration, immediately allowing the creative centres of the brain to activate. You see, innovation is easy when you’re in your ‘zone’.
Of course, you have to actually create your own productive ‘zone’, they don’t just come ready-made. Yours may be indoors, it may be outdoors, it may be in your spare room, living room, kitchen, or a coworking area of a business centre. Your ‘zone’ is yours and yours alone, so you can create an environment which is right for you, not the average employee.
There’s a great learning exercise too. Everyone has to develop autonomy, time management and organisation skills on a daily basis, which doesn’t always come naturally to the average employee. You’ll often find that employees who have remotely worked in the past can handle their workload more efficiently than those who haven’t. Win-win!
Nothing is 100% perfect
The grass may be greener, but it’s not free from issues.
You see, remote working has some downsides too, a few of which are directly linked to employee wellbeing. These include feelings of isolation, becoming easily distracted and there’s always a little more room for misinterpretation of employer expectations.
These can, of course, be overcome by good training, great leadership, regular check-ins and video conferencing. Remote working definitely sees 21st-century collaborative team tech at its best!
An employer point to note that needs to be addressed is security and privacy when it comes to file and data management. Thankfully, most platforms in use for remote working today use high-level security protocols, which may include two-factor authentication, to secure assets yet still allow employee access.
What’s the verdict?
As you can see, all the negatives can be resolved with proper management and good collaboration. The benefits themselves often outweigh the drawbacks but it is true that remote working isn’t for everyone.
People who thrive on physical structure, delegation of set tasks and face-to-face meetings are unlikely to find remote working a breeze. For those individuals, it may be worth creating an office environment that they can commute to as normal, with a manager on site to oversee the “hub”. Face-time can be reduced gradually, allowing the employee time to nest into remote life bit by bit, learning the self-management skills needed to get the level of productivity that remote working allows.
Remote working, something that Team64 continuously strive to excel in, provides everyone with a level of flexibility that is unrivalled. However, it needs to be carefully balanced with collaboration to ensure the organisation capitalises on productivity whilst retaining top talent.
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