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Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in CGIAR's Workplaces


April 2020


Pros and cons of remote working for all staff

Remote working, and other flexible working options, are not new and the benefits are well documented, including higher job commitment, job satisfaction and job-related wellbeing.

Those who are taking advantage of flexible working say that some of benefits include spending 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 of being a teacher, a parent and a worker. This requires dealing with constant interruptions and disruptions to their working day and increased stress in fulfilling 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 and other concerns for themselves and others.

These are exceptional times, and right now we all need additional support both at home and work. We have pulled together evidence-based solutions and general tips to help you navigate these unusual and chaotic times.

Want to know more?

Here is a short 10 minute article on some of the pros and cons employees and employers have experienced since moving to widespread remote working.
If you have more time here is a collection of useful articles on all aspects of remote working.
To learn more about the benefits of flexible working read this study by Catalyst.

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