Is It Time To Ditch Office Space For A Permanent Remote Working Solution?
The COVID-19 pandemic has truly disrupted everyone’s usual ways of going through their daily routine. Yet, the greatest disruption it has brought has befallen upon the traditional office space setup forcing companies to either reduce their manpower or enforce a remote working solution.
For some, it required adjustments especially on the part of the employer but it seems that on the employee’s side, most, if not all, easily find the modified working set up a comfortable one especially if the job involves outsourcing business process tasks. By adopting a remote working solution, this marks now the evolving definition of what a workplace should be.
Together, let us discuss factors that influence the idea of ultimately ditching the traditional office space set-up for a permanent working solution:
The Tug of War Productivity
The most common concern with the whole remote working solution is ensuring that the productivity will remain the same as if one is working in the office space. The said concern is actually the most common reason why employers hesitate in continuing the remote working setup.
Yet, a recent study shows that no matter the location your employee is working in whether in the safe spaces of his home or in a relaxed shared workspace, productivity is not affected as long as the employee in question feels comfortable working in the environment he is in.
Most managers think that frequent monitoring drives the employees’ productivity to an all-time high and this is where the problem settles in. Each employee has his or her own comforts whether settled in the company-provided office space or in a shared workspace environment and little facts like this are commonly overlooked by the management.
To settle the dilemma regarding productivity, one must bear in mind that as long as a reasonable deadline has been set and it is to the understanding of the employee that each set deadline has to be met, a remote working solution remains a top choice among employees.
Happy employer, happy employee?
On the other side of the coin, there are actually employers who prefer the remote working solution. At a glance, one may conclude that working relations between the employer and employee must be running smoothly simply based on the idea that the employer is on board with remote working. However, friction once again settles in as some employers get comfortable with the idea of extremely micromanaging employees.
Some employers forget that just because the employees are either in the comfort of their homes or in a comfortable shared workspace, it doesn’t mean that the normal working hours will also have to be relaxed. As a matter of fact, this common dilemma appears mostly in the outsourcing business process and freelancing industry. Most employers get comfortable with the idea of asking for updates as often as possible without even respecting the employee’s resting hours.
It is in situations described above that employees see the need to bring back the traditional office setup because once you leave your work area when your shift’s over, grueling demands from the management ceases temporarily.
Finally, on the final factor that influences the idea of ultimately ditching the traditional office space set-up, some employers realize that remote working solutions may in fact cut them costs and allow them to attract a better pool of talented individuals with minimal encounters of hitches from the company’s human resource department.
Accordingly, employers realize that the remote work set-up accedes them to fully embrace diversity and inclusion as it allows them to hire more people from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. It even offers a breather for the human resource management team from complaints of racism and discrimination from co-employees. In fact, remote work set-up even allows companies offering staffing services to allow persons with disabilities get a shot over their dream jobs.
With how the pandemic affected every sector of the community, it actually helped every sector of the community to find acceptable alternatives to allow employees and business managers continue with their jobs. As such, this type of working solution became most acceptable especially in the outsourcing business process and freelancing industry as it maximized comfortable working conditions.
However, the ultimate decision towards what working solution works best for your company depends upon the agreement between you and your employees. Find the common ground between you and your employees and never forget to be compassionate especially in this pandemic.