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Is Remote Working the New Norm?

May 2020
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As a result of the unexpected pandemic, we find ourselves in, a lot of us have been rapidly thrown into the remote working world, and have found that surprisingly we quite like it. 

For years, employees have craved having the choice and flexibility that remote working offers, fighting to even have just one day free to work outside of the office. Typically, a lot of companies resisted their requests. However, the virus that has imploded on the world has forced employers to get on board, with no choice in the matter. Employers have had to adjust processes and put tools in place to transform their company into a predominantly remote one. With people having a taste of remote life, it will be extremely difficult to go back to normal 9-5 routine post-COVID-19.

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The notion of daily office attendance and strictly working 8 hour days, 5 days a week, is outdated. No studies exist stating that this workflow contributes to an employees productivity, satisfaction or performance. The opposite is true. Studies have shown that remote workers are more productive, satisfied and engaged. And why wouldn’t they be? Remote workers have the autonomy to do their work in their own time in a setting that suits them.


Employees who support remote work priorities the quality of the worker's results - not the processes in which the results are created. It shouldn’t matter if a key idea was created in the middle of the night or walking the dog, the only thing that should matter is the result. For those that do support this style of working, the rewards are incomparable. Employees prove to be more productive, efficient and satisfied.


As well as this, remote work eliminates wasted time spent commuting, dealing with office politics and countless interruptions throughout the day. Up until now, some companies have adhered to old fashioned thinking around what constitutes as productive work; choosing to believe that employees need to be seen at their desk from 9-5 to be classed as productive, instead of simply considering their performance and outputs. Remote working also requires some more effort from Managers, as they have to develop proactive communication and collaboration processes and set clear milestones and results to measure employee performances. 

 

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Employees who support remote work priorities the quality of the worker's results - not the processes in which the results are created. It shouldn’t matter if a key idea was created in the middle of the night or walking the dog, the only thing that should matter is the result. For those that do support this style of working, the rewards are incomparable. Employees prove to be more productive, efficient and satisfied.

While this rapid transition to remote working hasn’t been the ideal circumstances, it has given employers and employees food for thought. Some employees have realised that full-time remote working isn’t for them, while others are enjoying the freedom and autonomy it brings. Many are enjoying the improvements in their work-life balance, having more time to spend with their family and doing things they love. After having a taste of what remote working offers, for many, the 9-5 office life won’t cut it anymore. Remote working is here to stay. 

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