A Global Pandemic and The Rise of Remote Working CultureGaya Mahesh, June 29, 2021 | Reading Time: 8 minutes
Work from Home culture is not new. During the pre-industrial era, remote working was the most popular option throughout the globe. With the Industrial Revolution came the rise in office culture.
How Remote Working Culture Began
The remote working culture was the norm in the pre-industrial era. Before the Industrial Revolution, everyone from blacksmiths to carpenters worked from their homes.
In 1760, the Industrial Revolution began. The Industrial Revolution changed the face of the working world. Until 1840, workers had to come to designated “office spaces”. The 8-hour workday was born. Millions understood the need for separate office spaces and living spaces.
But, this transformation did not last. Since 1980, including technology in the workforce, has made people go back to remote working.
Firstly, 2020 offered the global workforce this chance. Secondly, high-functioning laptops made remote working possible. Finally, the abundance of virtual assistance software allowed the opportunity for productive remote working.
Why Do We Prefer To Work Remotely?
Working from home offers multiple benefits to employees. Hiring remote workers also give companies competitive advantages. A few includes:
Ideal Work Environment
Some people work well in local coffee shops. Others in the sanctity of their room. Remote working allows the worker to choose the right environment to work from. Some people may work in areas with white noise in the background. Others prefer the silence of their rooms.
Mental Health Matters
Remote working allows the worker to take more mini-breaks. The flexibility to take a 5-minute coffee break every 2 hours stops the stress of work from becoming too much to handle. Further, the ability to communicate only as needed and the pressure of having to commute every day is nonexistent.
Culture Is A State Of Mind
A rising fear among top-level executives is that not being present in the office will lead to the death of “office culture”. This fear is baseless. There is no factual research behind the loss of office culture due to long-distance. In fact, “office culture” is a state of mind. Remote working expands the “office culture”. It brings together talented workers with similar attitudes.
Remote Worker Productivity
The work-at-home population has grown 10 times as fast as the rest of the workforce since 2005. The contributing factor to the rise in remote working culture is the productivity rates of employees. Productive environments are essential for a company’s ROI success. When provided with needed technology, the regular team regroups, and coaching from mentors, workers are at their most productive state.
What can we do better?
Work from home can be beneficial to both employers and employees if they find the right balance. Here are some options to consider before dismissing work from home culture entirely:
Employees who prefer working from home mostly do so because they enjoy the flexibility that comes with it. If employers could provide flexible working options such as 2 days at home, 3 days in office, it would provide a balance between the old and the new.
The last 18 months of the pandemic have been tough on everyone. It is understandable for employees to find it difficult to transition back to working in the office. Compassion is an undervalued trait. Providing your employees with compassion and slowly easing their transition to office will keep them.
Many of us have struggled with mental health in the last year. The isolation and lack of social contact has caused a spike in cases of mental health disorders. “Pandemic Depression” became a very well recorded phenomenon. While the mental health struggle may be circumstantial, it is important to provide resources for the struggling. Creating wellbeing communities within the company or educating employees about nutrition, mental health, and lifestyle is the way to go.
The Future of Work From Home
The future of work-from-home culture is already here! With the 2020 pandemic, almost 43% of the global working population adapted to working from home. Besides, most people are now hesitant to go back to their offices. Those who go enjoy knowing that there are flexible options provided by their employers. Remote working culture went from being a luxury to the standard for the daily 9-5 workforce.