Now that we’re well into 2021, a little over a year since the pandemic has started, people are wondering what the future holds for what is in store in a work environment. Now that the vaccines have begun to roll out to non-at risk people, some optimism is spreading for normalcy, but there still seems to be more questions than answers.
Will workers return to the office once it is safe to do so? Before the pandemic, many companies were unsure of whether or not productivity from their employees would remain the same if they were working from home. But new studies show that employees’ productivity has in fact been just as productive, than that of an office workplace.
According to Randstad’s COVID-19 surveillance report, 78% of companies have found that productivity remained the same, and in many cases have increased since employees have been working remotely. The success of remote work has led many large companies, including, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft to allow workers to remain at home even after the pandemic.
Managers Need To Trust Their Employees
One of the recurring issues of remote work is a lack of trust from management. Many companies feel that giving employees freedom and flexibility in their work schedule without the ‘supervision’ provided by managers would lead to an unproductive work flow.
Studies from the Global Work-From-Home Experience Survey found that the distrust began to dissipate when managers began working from home themselves. This led to an understanding that through different programs, it is easy to stay in touch with their teams, and that many people can be self-reliant on their responsibilities and tasks.
Minimizing Our Global Carbon Footprint
When it comes to our carbon footprint, there is no doubt that working remotely has plenty of benefits. Less gas due to reduced travel, as well as fewer business trips drastically changed our pollution, which was clearly seen at the beginning of the pandemic in major cities such as New York and Los Angeles. Not only is remote work phasing out many different forms of travel, it’s also more cost efficient for companies with the removal of office rent, monthly parking fees, and in-person events. Even before the pandemic, research had shown that between fifty and sixty percent of staff were not in the office anyway.
There are some pitfalls to remote working as well. One being the long-term viability of a work environment with next to no in-person relations and communication. Working from home has enabled employees to help care for family, and have more control over their daily lives; but studies have shown that 7 out of 10 workers have found the past year to be the most stressful year of their lives.
Separating work and home has become almost impossible within homes, and balancing personal health, work, leaving their home, staying healthy and caring for family has not surprisingly led to a rise in anxiety and burnout. So is remote working the best option forever?
The Hybrid Schedule Conversation
Randstad’s 2020 Workmonitor survey shows that 1 out of every 5 people want at least some time in the office. Being home has been great but the social aspect of the office is something that just can’t be replaced virtually.
Perhaps a hybrid work week is the post-COVID norm. With other family members back to work and kids going back to school, it could mean a calmer and more enjoyable work day at home. By balancing in-office work days and work from home work days, employees will have a more positive response to going in the office to work, thus increasing productivity. While also having days to work remotely allows them to have more control over their daily tasks and lives.
Offices Need To Provide A Safe Workplace
There are still a lot of uncertainties in the air, but one certainty is that COVIDSecure is a great way to get your business back on track. The app is easy-to-use, customizable, and offers a wide range of general detail reports. When, and if, people return to the office, it will be up to the employers to ensure a safe working space for everyone involved and having a reliable source of information can not only bring a sense of calm to employers, but to staff as well. Safety concerns, vaccine protocols, and scheduling are areas that employers are going to need to hash out if their hope is for the workplace to remain open for their employees.
Getting your business to be safe for your workers has been made much easier with the help of COVIDSecure.