HR Strategy for 2021 – Remote Working
The pandemic has changed how work is done. Meetings have moved from in person to conference calls and employees work remotely rather than within the designated work station. Regardless of how long the pandemic lasts, employers should not default to favouring the previous status quo when it ends.
The pandemic has taught us three things: employees can work remotely, employees can balance work with their life and that productivity is not linked to an office. While we have become used to work happening at a fixed location within fixed hours, the pandemic has challenged this concept.
Letting employees occasionally work remotely has some benefits:
It improves employer branding: Granting your employees, the flexibility to occasionally work remotely paints your brand as flexible. It would make positions with your company more appealing to applicants, especially younger applicants who would be more technologically inclined.
It improves mental health: Some jobs are by their nature mentally exhausting. Working in an office means that aside from meeting deadlines and completing tasks, employees must conduct themselves in a certain manner for most of their day. In contrast when working remotely and in a more physically comfortable environment, employees would naturally feel more relaxed and less prone to stress.
It can promote productivity: Employees who consistently meet deadlines and perform satisfactorily can be granted “work home days.” Said employees would still be contributing to the company but would see their workday as a reward for work done rather than a commitment. Employees would have tangible goals to aim for and will likely feel appreciated by their employers.
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