WFH: Employees reveal their 'remote' concerns

WFH - a veritable dream or a logistical nightmare?

WFH: Employees reveal their 'remote' concerns

How have you found working from home? A veritable dream or a logistical nightmare?

Well, for most employees, it’s a heady mixture of both.

A recent report from Wade MacDonald found that 44% of people find working from home much more difficult – mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Employees also reported missing their colleagues and regular social interaction – as well as voicing concerns around conducting meetings and completing training sessions.

Despite this, 86% of employees claimed they’d be happy to continue working from home in some capacity, with a further 20% vowing never to return to the office again.

“Working from home for most employees will no longer be a ‘nice to have’,” added Chris Goulding, MD for Wade Macdonald.

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“Despite its hurdles, the pandemic has proved, and continues to prove, that working most of the time from home does not necessarily have a negative effect.

“We anticipate the shift to be accelerated in the coming months, especially with the third lockdown recently implemented. However, employers still need to ensure that the technology is robust enough to support the ‘new normal’ and that major financial investment continues.”

One third of people admit that expectations have shifted since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, employees are enjoying the perks their employers have recently doled out – including flexible hours (73%), good pension (38%), bonus scheme (34%), and a gym membership (14%).

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“Due to the change in attitudes amongst staff as to what benefits and perks are of importance to themselves and their families, companies would be wise to ensure that they are listening to individuals closely to provide tailored packages,” added Goulding.

“This will not only retain current staff but give businesses a competitive edge.”

As Canada continues to promote a remote working, or at the very least hybrid, culture, HR leaders are left with a conundrum.

Should we embrace and invest in WFH fulltime – or look to return to our former workplaces?

“Remote working does not work for everyone, or for every business.,” Angela Champ, president of Lean In Canada, told HRD.

“Some people draw energy on being with other people. There’s some evidence that collaboration and innovation is easier when people can have face-to-face interactions. Some people have too many distractions at home.

“The answer instead is providing people with a choice to work remotely, to work from the office, or to go hybrid.

“Treat people like adults and they will act like adults.”

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