Remote Work Culture on a Rapid Rise Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, remote working culture has taken over as a new norm. Chief HR officers must ensure managing workers effectively.

The heightened online search for the term “remote working” in the last couple of months shows the extent to which the new culture has generated curiosity around the world.

Remote working has emerged as a new norm of working. Amid the 🔗COVID-19 pandemic, the world has been forced to remain indoors and deliver while being within the closed doors of their respective homes. However, workers from many industries simply cannot work from the comfort of their homes, such as brick-and-mortar retailers, healthcare professionals, hygiene, and sanitation workers, among many others.

Although for those sectors that can afford to keep generating revenues while working from home, aside from a few connectivity and communication challenges, there are numerous boons associated. The potential benefits belong to both the parties, employers, and employees. While employers get to save power and space bills, employees save on their expenses on daily commute, besides the time spent in commuting to work.

The environment, as a matter of fact, benefits the most out of the incorporation of remote working culture. Significantly less pollution is generated as there burns less green-house gas fuel with millions of people not commuting to work on a day-to-day basis.

Online Searches Made Globally on ‘Remote working’, & ‘Work from Home’

Source: Statista — Remote working related search terms amid COVID-19 outbreak between Feb & March 2020

The Right Way to Work from Home

👉 Keep the workspace in a separate corner at your home. While working, instead of lying down, sit upright on a chair similar to what you would have sat at your office desk.

👉 Set boundaries within your house, which the family members are not allowed to cross while you work.

👉 According to a survey conducted by FlexJobs wherein 7,000 workers were questioned on the productivity generated while working from home, 65% said that they were more productive while working remotely as there existed fewer distractions, minimal interruptions from co-workers, and zero stress of a commute.

👉 As per the psychology goes, twenty-minute morning coffee or post-noon exercise can help you put in the right frame of mind for work.

Management of Workforce Working Remotely: 🔗Chief HR officers’ Role

Managing the workforce remotely can be highly challenging for human resource leaders and CHROs across industry domains and geographies. With less face to face contact, there arise issues with a lack of efficient communication among the organizational divisions and teams. When a person speaks while being present physically, it is easier to read body language and expressions.

One can detect empathy, happiness, in-approval of thoughts and ideas, lack of interest, among other behavioral expressions while the other individual is present in person.

Moreover, following up on employees’ performance becomes excessively difficult for chief HR officers as they need to keep checking logs of check-ins, and need to maintain the records regarding the same.

However, it does look like, when the lockdown will end, many organizations will continue exercising the 🔗‘work from home’ culture if the productivity during the lockdown was not found to have dipped.

Rather, such organizations will train employees on how to effectively communicate via video conferencing to produce optimal work productivity. ‘Work from Home’ may become the new norm of working post coronavirus pandemic for a number of companies across the world.

Concluding Thoughts

In the last decade, many futurists said that “remote work” will emerge as the new normal of working, and the ‘future of work’ will witness workers generating productivity while sitting in the comfort of their homes. Post the arrival of coronavirus, this actually has become the reality, with the forecasts saying, it might become a trend in the future.

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