Your Company Moving Towards Permanent Telecommuting?

Your office may be moving to permanent telecommuting, even past the Covid-19 epidemic. What was already the direction of many companies was sped up by the pandemic. Many companies realized that employees produced just as much, if not more than working from home.

Last week the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, announced that all employees would be allowed to work from home permanently. Yes, it may be easier for a company based solely online to have all its employees work from home. But you may find even when your company is brick-and-mortar based that the brick-and-mortar part doesn’t make much of a difference.

One area that employers have been concerned about in regards to moving entirely to telecommuting is potentially hampering the free exchange of ideas that supposedly happens when coworkers see each other in person. However, consider that the open nature of office spaces can limit communication. The “pod” style of office, where four people share one office space, hasn’t been found to increase productivity or creativity. It also hampers employee privacy.

It also hampers employee privacy.
It also hampers employee privacy.

Your office may be moving to permanent telecommuting, even past the Covid-19 epidemic. What was already the direction of many companies was sped up by the pandemic. Many companies realized that employees produced just as much, if not more than working from home.

Last week the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, announced that all employees would be allowed to work from home permanently. Yes, it may be easier for a company based solely online to have all its employees work from home. But you may find even when your company is brick-and-mortar based that the brick-and-mortar part doesn’t make much of a difference.

One area that employers have been concerned about in regards to moving entirely to telecommuting is potentially hampering the free exchange of ideas that supposedly happens when coworkers see each other in person. However, consider that the open nature of office spaces can limit communication. The “pod” style of office, where four people share one office space, hasn’t been found to increase productivity or creativity.

You may see a more open communication of ideas when your employees are teleconferencing than if they saw each other in the office. When your time with coworkers is limited to one or two conference calls a day, you tend to put more quality conversations into those calls.

Becoming okay with a majority of your office permanently telecommuting means you have to give up some control. You can’t monitor your employees as much as you did while you were at the office.

Some employers are coming to terms with the fact that their employees work just fine from home, with limited supervision. This has created a kind of existential crisis for some employers. Is it possible that all the time you spend monitoring your employees was for naught? Could it be possible that they were able to work on their own quite well all along, and your monitoring wasn’t as valuable as you thought it was? Facing this fact has been tough for many employers. The impact you thought you had on your employees wasn’t what you envisioned. It turns out they didn’t need to check in with you that much. So if you are feeling hesitant about having permanent telecommuting, first acknowledge that it is normal to feel hesitant about that kind of change.

Since there is still a lot unknown about Covid-19, companies are finding that having employees back in the office could potentially cause transmission of the virus, while and may not improve employee productivity at all. Your goal should be a workplace that embraces employee wellbeing. If you check with your employees, many may tell you they prefer working from home. While having schools close has been a challenge when working from home, eventually schools will go back in session.

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