Is remote work-culture is a blessing to an organization?
Remote working has evolved as the future of work. One of the major changes due to the outburst of the pandemic is remote working. It has pushed organizations to move remotely, and the experience is better than expected. Today, all the organizations and professionals across the globe are considering remote working seriously.
In this blog, let us shed light upon both sides of remote working that you need to know.
Initially, let’s move on to the pros of remote working:
1. Increased productivity
When compared with in-office working, remote working employers tend to be more productive. Many reasons contribute to higher productivity, and one such reason is lesser distractions. During working from home, no one will show up on your desk and discuss trivial things with you. Thus, you can keep your concentration levels high and work peacefully. Apart from this, remote working enables you to work outside the regular 9 to 5 schedule. You can work at different times of the day, whenever you are productive. This provides you enough flexibility, and employers won’t bother if you are not taking a regular 9 to 5 schedule as far as your tasks are completed on time.
2. Better work-life balance
Remote working brings a better work-life balance. You don’t have to spare time for commuting. It helps to save a significant amount of time. Thus, you will be able to get more time to spend with your family. Maintaining a proper schedule allows you to bring a perfect work-life balance. Getting some extra time every day can be utilized to manage personal life. Moreover, your organization will have a bundle of satisfied employees, which will lead to a high employee retention rate in the long run.
3. Healthier lifestyle
It can be challenging to maintain a proper lifestyle as an office worker due to insufficient time. Also, breakfast is affected in the hustle-bustle mornings. But during these remote working days, you don’t have to get ready and commute to work, saving a lot of time. You can utilize this time to maintain a proper lifestyle. You can cook and have healthy foods, do a couple of exercises during the day, take short breaks during work, and be involved in some physical activities like a brisk walk to keep yourself healthy.
4. More savings and lesser carbon footprint
Another major advantage of working remotely is saving money. You can save a lot of money spent on paying for tickets, transportation, vehicle repairs, having food from fancy restaurants, etc. All these can be considered in your saving during these remote working days. By not commuting to work, you save fuel for the future and not contribute to environmental pollution.
Next, the cons of remote working:
1. Lack of motivation
Since there is a lack of active supervision and colleagues are not working around it, you may find it difficult to stay motivated. Lack of motivation and difficulty to meet targets have been the biggest challenges of remote working. As a remote worker, it is easy to start the habit of procrastination, which may adversely affect your professional life.
2. Communication gaps
Proper team communication is another challenge of remote working. It is easy to go near your colleagues’ desks in the office if you want to discuss something in person. However, remote employers need to rely on instant messaging and video conferencing to communicate with dispersed teams. Though video conferencing reduces the distance between remote teams, it won’t be as effective as sitting right next to a person.
3. Social interaction issues
Remote working will make you miss social interactions with your colleagues, exceptionally high if you are an extrovert. Moreover, you may feel lonely while working in the home, without having colleagues around. You can reduce this by engaging with your remote teams using digital communication platforms and team-building activities.
4. Meeting challenges
During remote working, you must manage everything from workstation to internet connection all by yourself. Moreover, you must organize and ensure you have everything to manage your work properly. Remote working lets you learn various digital tools and technologies for project management, to-do lists, etc.
Remote working is one of the best ways to manage your work-life properly. It can be made productive and accessible at the same time as it is flexible in nature. Though there are many pitfalls in working remotely, you can achieve success if you manage everything properly. Apart from all these, in this era of virtual communications and digital technologies, use these technologies and upgrade yourself!
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