The business world is always changing; new innovations, easier ways to travel and communicate have continued to change the workforce over the last 50 years. Now, because of this pandemic affecting businesses around the globe, companies are rapidly learning the benefits to running a business remotely, which include more than just the cost saving benefits of having its employees work from home. What was once a perk, working from home has become standard through this situation and has shown us both the new challenges and new opportunities for productivity.
Fitting it all in
The nature of meetings is changing. Companies and teams are realizing more and more just what constitutes a necessary and productive meeting. Scheduling them with everyone working remotely has created a more streamlined and to-the-point meeting.
There is no longer a barrier of where the employee is located. Bus schedules, parking, long commutes are eliminated in the new standard of working remotely. What has often been considered one of the greatest stresses on a worker, a long commute is no longer a necessity for anyone being given the option of remote work. This creates happier, less stressed employees, which results in better productivity and culture.
Employees now hold the responsibility for their own productivity. As long as they are completing their work in a timely and sufficient manner, it is often completely up to them to decide the way in which and the amount of time they need to achieve their assignments. This allows for greater flexibility for the employee, which in turn can lead to less time wasted and greater work/life balance satisfaction.
With Coronavirus showing companies all over the world some of the challenges of working from home, it has also shown the perks of this widespread phenomenon. Working together with a team doesn’t always require being in the same room with one another. As we’ve all discovered, a phone call or video chat meeting can often accomplish the same or more than you would in person. Gone are the distractions and veering conversations; we’re all working hard to get things done in a simpler and more streamlined way.