The COVID 19 outbreak has led to a disruption of normal businesses and people have thus been forced to stay indoors. The world as we know it has changed in its day-to-day functioning, almost overnight. We have observed a lot of challenges in adapting to this ‘new normal. Overnight, companies have had to look for solutions for business continuity and the safety of their employees. ‘Work from Home’ (WFH) has provided the stop-gap measure to allow business functioning and is the new trend of 2020 as predicted by analysts.
Over the past few days, we’ve heard announcements by tech giants like Twitter, Google, and Facebook stating that their workforce can work remotely. Even conservative firms have had to begrudgingly give in to this rising need. Many have been pondering if this is going to be the future of working. If yes, the question arises, how are companies looking to manage it efficiently while ensuring that it does not lead to employees being micromanaged? Problems ranging from psychological effects of WFH to productivity being affected by the employees are questions that need to be answered.
While the beginning of the lockdown was welcomed with much relaxation in mind, and a break for the ones always on the run for their jobs. Getting to sleep in on more than just the weekend, enough space to get personal and professional work done, and still making time for extravagantly prepared home-made meals with the family, not to mention the saving of costs and the chance to finally take up your fitness seriously.
It’s when the lockdown kept getting extended and reality dawned, that we realized the breaks we once craved, had their own limitations, and a yearning for routines of a work-life began.
Here are a few points for companies to think over as WFH evolves:
- Remote working, while a good option for special situations is unfavorable in building meaningful work relationships in the long run. Humans are social animals, and virtual mediums are a curbed platform in comparison to the physical meets. Working in an official environment not only facilitates expectation-setting but also leads newer employees to be exposed to the behavior of their colleagues, causing them to learn and adapt promptly. Creating a clear path for communication, social interaction is also strongly correlated with workplace engagement and satisfaction. Oh and did we mention, our dearest friend? Procrastination? Enough said.
- Multiple online reports suggest, that while individuals respond differently to different work environments, there are commonly reported mental issues that remote workers face: isolation, anxiety which may even lead to depression. While the constant deadlines and hustle will hardly pause, as humans, we will miss out on the aspects of venting and chatting in a physical environment. Time management becomes increasingly difficult due to the various tasks that you might undertake. During the lockdown, professionals have complained of stress, anxiety, and insomnia due to prolonged work from home.
- Building a business and fostering the spirit amongst the employees becomes harder. It is difficult to stimulate enthusiasm virtually. Working at an office largely provides two intangible benefits – Firstly, interacting regularly with coworkers facilitates building the company culture. When new employees are continuously exposed to the behavior of their colleagues, they’re able to learn and adapt quickly and communicate effectively. Secondly, social interaction is strongly correlated with workplace engagement and satisfaction which we’ve experienced in our personal lives as well.
- Homes may not be equipped with the right infrastructure. We’ve all had days where the internet stopped functioning right before sending an important file or the disturbances at home while on a zoom meeting. Multiple online reports suggest, that while individuals respond differently to different work Infrastructure plays an important role in the lives of employees contributing to the smallest of tasks successfully.
- Networking is the biggest aspect when you work in co-working spaces. Your interactions are not just limited to your colleagues but you also end-up forging meaningful relationships that help us in different arrays. For start-ups, it is a match made in heaven. We cannot stress the importance of networking in our lives.
The debate on whether WFH will be the new normal will continue well beyond COVID related lockdown. It may be years or decades before we can truly understand its true impact. For now, the most important thing is to stay safe and take the necessary precautions.
For individuals that thrive best surrounded by team members, motivating each other or brainstorming towards their goals, eagerly awaiting the return of a work-life balance, YesssWorks brings them their much-needed respite. Having taken optimum safety measures to ensure our patrons are safe and healthy, our campuses are ready to host the community once again to help them build their business and reach goals.