‘’Will we still work from home after the pandemic?’’ This question is not faced by one industry, or one specific sector, but millions of people from all industries, who are left wondering. The new reality is clear, the amount of people working from home has increased faster than ever expected, but, is this a temporary situation? Will we continue this way forever?
Working remotely is quite intricate, as it provides many benefits both for the employee and the employer; however, it obviously also brings negative factors to the table. Thus, the million-dollar question is whether the benefits will outweigh the negative aspects, or all the way around.
The employer’s perspective
From the economic standpoint, and not only referring to an employer, but to a company as a whole, remote working means a huge amount of money saved in expenses, as they will not need to pay for extreme office space, abroad business trips and big ‘all paid’ conferences, as everything can be done over a simple online meeting.
On the other hand, as previously mentioned, employers also care about the productivity and overall happiness of their employees. A *study*https://nbloom.people.stanford.edu/sites/g/files/sbiybj4746/f/wfh.pdf in China selected a sample of call-center employees to work from home, results showed that they were 13 percent more productive than those in the control group. Small evidence of this sort is starting to arise, with much more following up…
Furthermore, online meetings are not as motivating, or may lack the energy that one can get from face to face interactions for certain individuals. This problem can be even more inconvenient if the set up is hybrid, where some people are physically together while others are working from home in the same meeting.
The employee's perspective
On top of that, common cases, such as parents who have newborns, or young children, could finally spend more time around them without experiencing any work disadvantages at all. Babies are not a problem to work around, as *this study* showed, working with babies around reduces depression.
Another major problem that we may have gotten used to revolves around mixing life and work together, increasing the number of hours we work during the day, longer hours, which are, at the same time, less productive; not to mention potential bosses who may assume employees are always on and available.
As opposed to the problems that come from working with children around, there may also be problems for those who do not have a family, as working from home constantly may lead to feelings of loneliness, as there might not be as much social life as some need.
1. Working from home can create many problems.
However, there is a solid chance that after the whole pandemic is solved, the world will continue in some form of a hybrid combination of both online and offline, very much dependent on the industry and circumstances.
2. The power of habit
3. Companies want to maximize investments
On the other hand, other organizations can fall behind by not taking the chance to invest in programs that can help them stay on top, such as our *soft skill programs.* https://lepaya.com/en/virtual-tracks-and-training/
Only time can tell what will actually take place in the future, but it might be a good idea to expect anything!
Also published on Medium.