The Spectra Group shares her views on what this may mean for the future workplace.
Embracing home workingIt’s obvious to see why home working has gained the favour of many over this past year, with benefits such as:
- Reduced overhead costs for companies
- Better work-life balance for those juggling young families
- Workers benefitting from ditching the rigmarole of the daily commute to and from the office
The downsidesDespite many businesses seeing rises in productivity and assumed improvement in work/life balance during periods of home working, studies show that employees are, in some cases, overworking themselves. Employees are feeling pressured to work endless hours for reasons such as:
- fear of impending redundancies;
- inability to escape the workplace;
- being unable to access support from colleagues;
- fearing company spot checks
- and more.
?Whilst home working has presented itself as an effective short-term fix during an unprecedented time, the long-term effects of maintaining this approach to work, is set to have devastating effects on employee wellbeing.
Finding a working balanceThere is clearly still a place in the corporate world for offices. However, their purpose has now changed. Attitudes have changed and employees have become aware that they are able to work remotely, and now believe that they should attend the office for a reason – a team meeting, for example. For this reason, many businesses have introduced the idea of hybrid working, which allows employees to work part the week from home to cover individual projects and admin-based work, and the rest of the week in the office to complete team projects and to catch up with colleagues. This concept has been received well as a happy medium by employees, who see this as a positive step in maintaining control of their work/life balance whilst keeping physical contact with their organisation.
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