COVID-19 has been a blessing for the budding work-from-home trend, making millions of people into productive workers almost overnight and day as companies seek to continue operations in the middle of the global pandemic. But while that’s protecting certain industries from certain destruction, it may not be a great move for workers and productivity.

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Executing measures:

Some companies have already taken measures like limiting travel to affected countries or big international meetings. Others have asked employees to stay at home because they called on a country with a more serious pandemic.

  1. But with new unexplained cases being reported in the country — and the first domestic death from the illness reported — a growing number of worldwide workers could soon be asked to alter their routines, or just stay home.
  2. Exactly how that influences you will depend on many factors, including the generosity of your employer’s profit and where you live. Here’s what labour lawyers and business groups uphold could potentially flatten in your workplace — and what rights workers have.
  3. Workforce id pursuing their duties by working from home and getting productive results.
  4. Companies are allowing remote work to keep business on-going while helping employees follow social distancing guidelines.
  5. A company saves about $11,000 per half-time telecommute per year, according to Global Workplace Analytics.
  6. As companies adjust to their remote work structures and procedures, the coronavirus pandemic is holding a lasting effect on how work is conducted.

With the worldwide government declaring a state of emergency due to the pandemic, companies are enabling work-from-home structures and procedures to keep business running and help employees obey social distancing guidelines. However, working from a distance has been on the rise for a while. The coronavirus is going to be a point of no return.

We ploughed along at about 10% growth a year for the last 10 years, but we can have an insight that this is going to expand the trend. Even as work and life have become completely mixed for many people, more than half of at-home workers say they would prefer to continue working from a distance as much as possible once restrictions on businesses and school closures are promoted. It's worth noting, however, that this percentage has decreased from 62% to 53% as employees hold the daily experience of working from home.

Gallup research holds that the percentages that favour continuing to work from home are greater in technology, insurance, arts, entertainment, media, finance and professional services. Those with least preference to work from home in the coming times include education, retail, transportation and construction.

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From the manager’s point of view

Many managers, too, come into sight have learned that working from home can work for the people they manage. About 6 in 10 managers recently report that the people they manage are supposed to work from home. Among those six in 10, 55% say that once government restrictions are carried and kids are back in school, the experience of COVID-19 will mould their distant work policy. Few managers (7%) uphold that the experience will result in them enabling their employees to work remotely less often, while a majority (52%) say they will allow their employees to work from home often as a result of this experience. More remote work could become the "next to normal."

Loopholes in remote working

While there can be security-related reasons behind remote work resistance, a great barrier is a simple combat to change. Over 50% of companies that didn’t have a changeable or remote workplace policy cited “long-standing company policy” as the main reason. In other words, that is the only way things have always worked out. Managers are afraid that productivity and focus will be reduced if people are working in more informal areas, such as home or a cafe.

Also, if people aren’t working in the same physical condition, managers feel that team linkage and company culture could suffer. But people are also deprived of the usual work culture and socialisation. COVID-19 is only a passing moment. Once things will resolve, office space demand will mould back. The office design concept would also change to factor in social distancing.

Predicting the future of remote working:

Many people uphold that this move towards work from home will give a more permanent change, rather than a temporary one. However, a survey conducted by worldwide research company Gartner with 317 CFOs and business finance leaders stated that 74% plan to move their priorly on-site workforce to permanently distant positions post-COVID-19. Among this group, the greater factor scaling this permanent change was the cost-saving profits of working from home — a factor that they have gotten a clear scenario on during this current outbreak.

Bottom Line

It is found that remote working has proved to be productive in many cases.

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