I have recently read a lot of interesting articles discussing remote working. It has certainly been a hot topic since the pandemic began in March and as we settle into the second week of a third lockdown, most workforces are once again working remotely. Entrepreneur recently published an article discussing the 4 ways remote communications has BENEFITED the workplace. With the dust starting to settle and many becoming accustomed to the requirements of remote working, there are business leaders finding that remote communication can be better for their employees and employers.
Here's 4 points I have taken from the article:
1. Newfound Appreciation
With large gatherings banned around the world and many sporting events being held behind closed doors, there is certainly a need or longing for human interaction that was not there before the pandemic. It is not as easy to spend time with friends or family or be involved in a sport that allows you to have the social interaction you crave. This has resulted in employees spending more time communicating with their team naturally, leading to stronger relationships being developed.
2. Increased Productivity
The success of remote working largely depends on the access to technology employees need to effectively communicate frequently and instantly. Digital communication is not as easy as walking to someone's desk and updating them on the latest information, therefore it is important remote communication mimics as much of the real world as possible. This, surprisingly, can help increase productivity, as it has been proven to eliminate the other factors and dynamics that come into play whilst being in the office, such as taking more frequent coffee breaks or chatting about what was on Netflix throughout the day. In a survey by Enterprise Technology Research of the more than 1,000 CIOs, 48.6% reported that productivity has improved since workers began working remotely during the pandemic, while only 28.7% indicated that productivity had declined.
3. Peak Performance
Most traditional work environments require employees to work a 9-5 day. However, it has been proven scientifically that people work better at different times and have different energy levels based on internal and external factors. An understanding of how each employee works the best and what times they are at their most productive can result in them prioritising the most essential parts of work during these peak times. This helps create efficiency and allow employees to work around their days at home, rather than sitting at a desk 9-5.
4. Greater Flexibility
Remote working allows employees to work from anywhere and everywhere as long as they have their laptop with them. This allows employees to have more freedom with their days, allowing them to fit certain aspects of their lives around their work day, rather than fitting aspects of their life around the job. This will improve employee morale, which in effect, boosts productivity too. It has also become incredibly beneficial for employers who don't have to rely on local talent to fill the positions, allowing for a much larger talent pool to be sourced from.
Early in the pandemic, in April, when lockdowns in municipalities around the United States first forced businesses to send their employees home, video conferencing solution Zoom saw the number of daily meeting participants increase to 300 million, up threefold from 100 million in December 2019.