Even though the lockdown measures are easing down now, many organisations are planning to extend the “work from home” period. And some are even thinking of a permanent “work from home” strategy. However, many studies have recently shown that there are some potential setbacks of permanently moving away from the physical workplace. With the experiences from work-from-home culture, the studies have pointed out three key misconceptions about working from home.
Not so Likeable
In reality, working from home for long-term is not possible for many employees, due to personal circumstances, insufficient space, or inadequate equipment. When this is the only option offered by an organisation, some may have no choice but to leave. Retaining talent is a vital element for the success of the business. Moreover, remote working also slows innovation and increases the risk to employee health; both of these can cause a decline in the productivity of the business.
During remote-working, individual work may be up, but creativity and collaboration are down. It has been proven that social interaction improves productivity. Also, remote-working does not provide the same level of attachment with the oraganisation as workplaces do. And when employees do not feel connected, they can not give their best to the job.
Many employees have felt that striking balance between life and work is tougher in remote-working culture. The difference between home and office is getting eliminated when work is being done from home. Many employees even opine that now they end up giving extra time to the work than they were giving when they were working under a scheduled office-timing. This, according to them, is hampering the delicate balance between their professional and personal life, sometimes resulting in an anxiety-related problem. Many employees have expressed that virtual meetings are more exhausting than in-person conferences; and, sedentary working is causing physical pain as well.
Undoubtedly, the corona pandemic has brought unanticipated business disruptions. Organisations are trying to figure out innovative and apt methods to cope up with the emerging challenges: One of them being the remote-working. However, exclusive working from home may not be a viable option for businesses as it can worsen the balance between work and life for many employees.