Some Lessons from Remote Working you Shouldn’t Forget

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When the COVID-19 epidemic initially became widely known, many people assumed it would be gone in a matter of weeks.

They'd work from home for a while, enjoy the change of scenery, and then return to their workplaces as quickly as possible. 

Obviously, it was not the case.

The infection proceeded to spread at an alarming rate, and the key question since then has been how rigorous of a lockdown should be maintained in any given location. 

However, if you plan to return to work in the new year, you should do more than merely meet the new COVID-19 requirements.

You should also benefit from your remote work experience. The old office model was far from ideal, and now is the ideal time to replace it.

Here are five important lessons to keep in mind: 

A Flexible Remote Work Policy is a Must for Employers

When younger generations entered the profession, an interesting tendency emerged: they weren't scared to prioritize work-life balance.

What's more, according to The New York Times, older employees are just as likely to seek flexible working hours - they're simply less likely to ask for it. 

According to a Harvard Business School analysis, the clear majority of the 11,000 workers and 6,500 business leaders polled see flexible work makes better work/life balance and remote work as the most pressing developments affecting their companies.

Only 30% said they were prepared for these situations. 

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Teams need the right tools working from home or the office

After a year of remote work, it became painfully clear that not all staff had access to the necessary software.

Employees who worked in a culture that supported creativity and had access to collaborative tools were 34 percent happier than those who did not, according to a Deloitte survey. 

Even though a third of those surveyed wanted greater collaboration tools, only a third of those surveyed received a positive answer.

Employees reported enhanced productivity, more engagement, and improved morale when they used the technologies they were accustomed to at home in the office. 

Achieving Work-life Balance is More Important than Ever

When many businesses believed that allowing employees to work from home would result in poorer productivity, study after study has shown that the contrary is true: employees get more done by working longer hours. 

In fact, American employees are putting in an extra three hours per day on average. What is the long-term impact of this? Burnout and productivity suffer as a result of higher degrees of burnout. 

What about in the short term? Half of us (54%) check our phones more outside of work hours, feel more alone (24%), have gained weight (22%), and have experienced a decline in our mental health (21 percent).

The consequences of these alarming trends in remote work have demonstrated that striking a work-life balance is critical for good health. 

What is the most important takeaway from remote work, whether we are working from home or in an office?

This year of remote work has forced us to rethink our approach to work and how we work.

Employers will need to provide employees the freedom to choose where and how they work in the new normal, to emphasize work-life balance, and to have the flexibility they need to do their best job. 

Leo The Lion

Leo The Lion