The post-pandemic workforce wants freedom and job security, and now they can have their cake and eat it too. Organizational leaders have realized the necessity of remote work options in light of shutdowns, but they also see the financial benefits of remote work. Decision-makers now have to decide how to optimize their employees’ remote work to boost productivity, and innovation is the key to success.
Barriers to Remote Work in the Post-Pandemic Era
The biggest hurdle to remote work is unlearning the status quo and somewhat archaic norms of the office setting. Of course, some businesses require some onsite services. However, nearly all work performed on a computer without the input of in-person clients or customers can be done elsewhere. You don’t need to be able to converse with a co-worker in order to stay on task. In fact, these meaningless and forced interactions can negatively impact productivity. With teleconference and video chat options, it is difficult to argue that work must occur “at work.”
Other barriers to remote work include employees’ access to technology and internet services. Some employees may not have a quiet office setting and will have constant distraction from kids or other inhabitants of their home. Finally, some employees miss the socialization that comes from in-person work. This can cause feelings of isolation when employees feel forced to work from home.
Breaking Barriers to Remote Work in the Post-Pandemic Era
Remote work is not a new idea, but businesses view it with a new lens of opportunity since the pandemic. It saved many non-essential businesses from bankruptcy during shutdowns, and companies that easily transferred to remote work fared well. Some companies even saw an uptick in productivity and profits. Companies who suffered during remote work transitions either did not have the technological infrastructure to continue business as usual, or they were reluctant to immerse themselves in the idea that remote work is as good or better than going to the office. Breaking barriers to remote work in the post-pandemic era requires two things: technology and attitude.
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Technology to Boost Remote Work
The virtual workspace used to involve remotely signing in to a workplace network, crossing your fingers, and slowly trudging along with slow connection speeds and intermittent disconnections. Today’s remote workspace does not have to be so clunky. Businesses that invest in customized virtual working platforms or use pre-made business solutions can offer accessibility and communication abilities. It is important to have scalable solutions, tools, and infrastructure for your organization to thrive in a remote/virtual environment.
Not only does investment in remote work IT solutions benefit the employee, but it also allows for business metrics to be captured and analyzed. Data analytics is the name of the game for all sizes of businesses in order to gain and keep their competitive advantages. There’s nothing faster and more accurate than measuring workflows that are performed completely within one platform.
Attitude to Boost Remote Work
Jumping in with both feet during any business change is risky, but it’s riskier to tiptoe into remote work. It is something that needs to be fully embraced in order to maximize its capabilities. Don’t skimp on virtual programs that provide connectivity and increase efficiency for your workers. More importantly, don’t downplay your acceptance of technology or its benefits. If you are discouraged and don’t see value in your remote work transition, your employees will feel the same. Many experienced business professionals have learned the impact of executive attitudes on the success of any change, and it is no different with the transition to remote work.
The Benefits of Remote Work Prove It is Here to Stay
Millennial workforces highlighted the need for remote work with their dedicated goal of having a healthy work-life balance. However, it was the pandemic that forced the issue and made businesses see that remote work isn’t going anywhere. Fortunately for both sides, employees and employers benefit from this change. Employees are able to work with flexible schedules from any reasonable location, and this increases productivity and employee satisfaction. Employers are able to accurately forecast productivity and make better informed decisions from data analytics. Finally, there is no need for the costly investment of office space when people can work remotely, and this provides additional funds for other business investments. Remote work is here to stay, and that’s a good thing.
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