WORK FROM HOME A BLISS FOR COMPANIES..hmm, right now seeing the condition of the world, no one has a choice. But being an enterprise, every one of them works according to their inherent nature, i.e to earn profits. Great applications, cheap internet, and technologically driven business systems; have given companies yet another reason to improve their chunk of gains. Let’s thought some light on ‘work from home a bliss or boon for companies’.
This practice of remote working not only offers benefits to the business but also to employees alike:
- Employee benefits from flexibility.
- avoid long commutes- which impacts their job satisfaction.
- Aids in better focus as they avoid office distractions.
- Businesses improve their gains by reducing office management costs.
- Remote working allows a business to attract top talents from across the globe.
The above points clearly state that telecommunicating poses many advantages to both sides of the coin.
However, remote work program has a significant downside. They more often than not obstruct organization from creating and cementing their company cultures which is solidified in large part; by employees coming together and taking an active part in team-building activities and division or companywide meetings.
“Should company culture/values be overlooked for the favor of convenience that remote working offers?”
So the next question arises, should company culture/values be overlooked for the favor of convenience that remote working offers? working on company culture is not just for its own sake. It gives multiple advantages to the employees and the organization; i.e employee retention, satisfaction, and productivity.
The answer to the above question is simple; when employees vividly engage a company’s value, they are more likely to be participative. Actively engaging with the work is particularly important in today’s world- one study also affirms the same; companies with high engagement enjoy better customer loyalty, profitability, and productivity than their competitors.
Furthermore, it gets even more important when companies aim for long term success as a professional culture/values play a significant part in achieving the desired results.
Keeping in mind all the above benefits of traditional work culture/values, work from home policies do not help in maintaining that and affects it in the following way:
- Teams, colleagues secluded from each other:
When employees work exclusively from home, they are only likely to interact with their colleagues via email and calls. Remote working does not benefit from building meaningful relationships with coworkers as physically being present in the office does.
- The feeling of isolation among remote distant employee:
Humans being social creatures, cut off and living in isolation makes them detrimental and affects their mental health. Remote working also causes anxiety, WFH programs do not render services like connections, trust and mutual purpose which makes employees struggle with office politics, bad thoughts and unnecessary confusion diverting them from their common aim.
- Difficult to cultivate motivation and enthusiasm. :
As already mentioned above, lack of contact and physical interaction among employees degenerates team building and distract teams from a common goal. This creates a ripple effect and affects their motivation, enthusiasm towards work and organization.
Unless they are 100% enthusiastic about their product/ service, they lack productivity, which becomes another challenge as it gets difficult to motivate remote employees over digital platforms.
It is true, WFH programs have their pros and cons, but some companies around the world are managing using this tool effectively. To successfully deploy this management style, every management is required to study their needs, behavioral patterns of their employees, make consistent changes to suite their respective teams and avoid inherent problems of this quickly getting popular management style.