Remote Work is in demand in the 21st Century we are living in. High technology made remote work possible and more convenient. Most employees prefer to have workplace at home than travelling 20 minutes up to 1 hour or more to get to work. Working at home is less stressful than working in an office setting. Employees could take a sip on their iced coffees while working at home and they could go to the bathroom comfortably, anytime. There is no doubt as to why most employees would rather work remotely than working in a tall and huge building far from their houses.
Based on the report of Global State of Remote Work (2019), 68% of workers around the Globe have engaged to remote work and the digit mentioned is still rapidly increasing. Like any other work, there are a lot of misconceptions about remote work, too. It is time to stop those rumors or myths from spreading and to clear people’s minds.
Here are the disproved myths about remote work:
1. There is a decrease in productivity when working remotely. Keep in mind that THERE IS NO DECREASE IN PRODUCTIVITY WHEN WORKING REMOTELY. Some people assume that a remote worker has a lot of distraction at home. Some think their productive decreases because there is no boss present to check their performances and a supervisor or manager to observe if they are working efficiently during office hours. In fact, a study conducted by Harvard Business Review showed that there is a 13.5% increase of productivity after companies allowed remote work. In reality, employees working inside an office have more distractions. Their officemates are already considered distractions. Short conversations with officemates, birthday treat of an officemate, feeling the pressure and stress in an office could decrease employees’ productivity.
2. It is hard to contact remote workers. REMOTE WORKERS ARE REACHABLE BY THEIR BOSSES AND MANAGERS. Remote workers may be far from main offices and supervisors, but rest assured that they are focusing on their work and not on leisure like personal trips. Remote workers work during their office hours and they take their business hours seriously. Do not worry about them sitting in a restaurant, having a date with their friends during working hours because they are in their workplace, sitting in front of a computer or laptop while doing their job. A result of a survey about the satisfaction and productivity of remote workers released by TINYPulse showed that 52% of remote workers are having contact with their managers at least once a day. In addition, 34% of remote workers are having interaction with their managers once a week.
3. When we say remote work, it means data are not safe. Some people are not comfortable transferring the information or data of the company to personal computers of workers with unsecured servers because they worry about the breach of confidentiality. There are multiple solutions for that matter. First, the company could provide a cloud-based applications for the employees. Second, the IT team of the company could monitor the activity of the employees when working. Third, employees could have Virtual Private Network.
4. Lack of Communication. There are a lot of ways to establish an effective communication with Remote workers. Fast-growing technology is the key to avoid lacking of communication. To maintain the effective communication, choosing the best and free digital platform is important. By the use of digital conferencing platform, contacting remote workers is fast and easy. In just one click, you will be able to communicate with them. If they are not online in your chosen platform, you could give them a phone call instead. During the reign of technology, lack of communication is no longer a problem that is hard to solve.
Some of the digital conferencing/messaging platforms remote worker could use are as follows:
b. Microsoft Teams
g. Adobe connect
h. Amazon Chime
j. Infinite Conferencing
5. Meetings are not effective. Meetings are effective for remote workers. Their bosses could schedule meeting anytime they would prefer. In fact, scheduling meetings via digital conferencing platforms is much easier than setting up a meeting in an office. Meeting conducted via conferencing platforms could also be recorded as long as their bosses permit it. Employees can rewatch the recorded meetings to understand the instructions even more.
6. Remote workers are isolated and lonely. It is not true that Remote Workers are lonely. Working remotely is less stressful; thus, it decreases the feeling of loneliness. Right after they finish their tasks for the day, they can use their remaining time to bond with their family and friends. They could also give themselves little breaks if they feel exhausted. If they want a change in their scenery, they could go to a coffee shop, order their favorite coffee and sip on it while working at peace. They could also have their favorite snacks while typing and thinking of ideas.
7. Remote work increases cost. Remote work does not increase cost. Since there is no need for big office space, remote work reduces the money being spent for the rent of a building. The company will no longer need many furniture for offices. Remote work will also lessen the cost of maintenance and no need to invest on amenities like foods and other office machines.
8. Company culture suffers. Teamwork could still work effectively even if their set-up is not like the traditional face-to-face meetings. Supervisors and managers are also doing their best to make every team member feel better and appreciated. The set-up of remote workers does not really ruin the traditional set-up and culture of the company.
9. Remote workers are working 24/7. Wrong. Remote workers are not working 24/7. They may be working in the comfort of their home and their home may be their workplace but that does not make them employees 24/7. They still have a lot of time to enjoy their personal life. It is not always work and office hours for them. They could have their quality time for themselves, friends, and family.
10. Remote workers are streaming on Netflix all day. Remote workers do not watch tv series or tv shows during office hours. They are responsible and they know the importance of completing tasks on time. They also have deadlines to meet, so rest assured that they spend more time working than streaming.
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