The Pros and Cons of working from home
Remote working and/or other flexible working options have long been at the core of many organizational HR approaches especially those committed to greater diversity and inclusion.
The benefits are well documented for both Staff and Supervisors and include higher organizational commitment, job satisfaction and job-related wellbeing. Those who are taking advantage of flexible working list multiple benefits, including more time with family, reduced time and stress from commuting, and the ability to be able to focus uninterrupted on work projects.
However, there are also challenges associated with working remotely. These include risk of burn out through work intensification and a greater inability to switch off.
The pandemic brings additional, unique challenges. In many places both schools and workplaces have closed, meaning working parents have to play multiple roles as teacher, parent and worker. This requires dealing with constant interruptions and disruptions to their working day and increased stress from not being able to fulfil their work obligations. For those without family, enforced social isolation brings just that – the risk of loneliness and isolation. This is all compounded by increased anxiety over health concerns for themselves and others, as well as economic disruption and fear of job losses.
These are exceptional times, and we need new approaches to support our employees both at home and work. This presents a unique opportunity for us to learn and grow as people leaders.