Page 12 - Scene Magazine 45-08 August 2020
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Working
 Remotely
 A VIABLE OPTION
BY SHERII SHERBAN
   NOW that you’ve been working from home for several months you may have finally gotten into a routine and have found that you like it and that you are more productive. The reality is that you are not alone.
The remote environment has been a benefit to employers as well, for many reasons such as reduced overhead, especially large companies requiring less office space. Companies have learned to eliminate unnecessary meetings and replace them with group emails allowing workers to recoup that time for more productive activities.
Frankly, the flexibility that remote working offers can project your company toward the future but can also be easily abused by the worker. Companies
can increase the successfulness of
their remote workforce by intentionally creating a corporate culture that
rewards the creativity and productivity
of remote workers. Hiring well allows
for an alignment of business goals and expectations.
Working remotely began long before COVID-19. This pandemic has provided a unique opportunity to sharpen the skills needed to be successful. As companies prepare to transition to the new work environment that will remain there is no doubt that working from home will remain a viable option for some.
According to a report published by
Zapier on April 6, 2020, findings suggest that those that have transitioned to working from home feel good about the change in some ways, but still miss the office.
Among those who have transitioned to working from home in the past month:
• 65 percent feel their productivity has
increased now that they work from
home.
• 80 percent say they can better manage
interruptions from coworkers now that
they work from home.
• 80 percent enjoy being able to see their
family during the day now that they
work from home.
• 77 percent say they’re finding new
times to be productive outside of the
normal 9–5 hours.
• And yet, even with all of those seeming
advantages, 66 percent prefer working in the office or workplace over working from home.
Many companies will be finalizing remote working options for the future but many others will not. If your company does not plan to add the remote option you can still ask if you can continue
to work from home. Be prepared with data to give support to your request, which can increase your opportunity for success.
First realize that your boss may be skeptical. Zapier provides support as to why: Despite common conceptions
of remote work making it hard to track accountability, many Americans don’t feel pressure to be more productive or prove they’re working.
• 74 percent don’t feel pressure to be more productive.
• 71 percent don’t feel pressure to prove they’re working.
• 77 percent say their manager doesn’t expect them to respond instantly.
• 72 percent say they’re not checking in any more than usual with their team.
Next, get support from home. Communicate with others you live with, especially if they are planning to work remotely as well. How will you divide the home environment so you can both be productive in your separate work responsibilities? What happens if a child is sick? Who will care for them? How do you plan to keep confidential conversations confidential? Can you respect each other’s workspace? Or
if your partner will be returning to their office, questions regarding who will be responsible when children are sick still needs to be addressed.
Take time to really evaluate whether you actually want to work remotely, especially if all your co-workers will be heading back to the office, not to mention your partner heading back as well. Since everyone else will be back at work you will not be part of impromptu meetings,
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