Work From Home. An Unsustainable Trend.

Updated: Jul 27, 2020

With millennials expanding into today's organisation demography, flexibly is the priority to be catered towards their productivity. Remote working is a prime example of flexible working, and the year 2020 has given everyone the upper hand of experiencing it for themselves while working from home. 

Remote working allows individuals to work on their terms and gives them the utmost freedom they need to achieve their targets. This approach, however, will not sustain the individual in the long run, and may even prove as a setback for an organisation. 

Employee Burnout

Since remote working has become the need of the hour, it has become much more troublesome to keep away from digital gadgets. This has only added onto the pile of mental health issues during the pandemic. Twingates’ study suggests that 40 percent of employees have reached a video chat burnout while remotely working. The amount of exposure to digital screens begins to harm the eyesight, and prolonged use results in headaches. Not to mention, the amount of anxiety and stress that welcomes itself during video calls. All of which leads to burnout. Here's a link on a few tips to prevent burnouts

Reduced Productivity

Productivity is a crucial aspect to work performance. Any individual that lacks productivity lacks in their overall efficiency with the task. Remote working has prompted the majority of employees to make most of their time and space to promote productivity at home. Twingates’ study suggested that employees are suffering to maintain a balance between work and personal life. The two are becoming incapable of separating while working from home. This has caused a decline in the productivity of employees, especially in some that struggle in self-discipline. 

Further, loss of socialising at work has left employees feeling desolate and unmotivated to perform at their best. Although there are instances of telecommunication between employees, it is just not the same. 

Not a Fit for All Professions 

While working from home allows for its many perks, it may effortlessly become detrimental for some jobs. Jobs that require focus time with little to no engagement with other employees work better in a remote setting, while those requiring intense, and problem-solving strategies thrive on team-based work. These professions face an increased level of dissatisfaction while working remotely from their comrades. A writer can provide their work in the comforts of their home, while a management team may find it difficult to perform with lack of non-verbal communication between their teammates. 

Hampers Company Culture

Employees create a considerable influence on the company's culture.  They represent what the company stands for while accomplishing organisational goals at the workspace. However, with working remotely, goals begin to change course from a, ’we’ philosophy to a, ’me’ attitude. This is due to the lack of physical social interaction at the workplace where everyone feels a part of a bigger picture than themselves. While developing enthusiasm and motivation for employees is not impossible, it certainly is difficult to convey digitally, creating an obstacle in fostering the culture of a company. Here's a link to find out what your company culture is like

The Ripple Effect

As individuals and companies result in an impact from remote working, the economy also correlates to the effect.  For instance, as the corporate sector has taken a distance from their workstations, many restaurants that served lunchtime office meals had to call quits. This results in the reduction in food supplies, industrial equipment, supplies for cutleries, and more. This would, in turn, result in a decline of employment for most individuals as the demand for correlated commodities would decline.

The past few months have generated a new norm in everyone's work life. With the challenges of enduring unpredictable transitions, remote working has been a paramount one. The increasing amount of months with work from home has left employees to deem the work model as a new permanence for them. There is no saying what the future holds for the corporate world post the pandemic, but certainly, radical solutions will play a role in the functioning of workspaces. 

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