- Why remote work may become a post-pandemic norm,
- Advantages and of remote work to both employees and employers,
- How to work effectively from home.
Working from home is a term that has been made popular by the coronavirus pandemic which forced governments around the world to enforce movement restrictions throughout 2020. Business, as well as education, government and other sectors of society, had to continue and this gave rise to the use of technologies such as the ever-evolving technologies like Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, Zoom, Google Hangouts, mobile banking applications, Email and texts.
Also known as telecommuting or mobile work, remote work is the future of work since it has been made vivid by the pandemic that it’s no longer necessary to be in an office full-time to be a productive member of the team. Many kinds of work can be done just as effectively, from a home office or a suitable environment. Top fields for remote work are teaching, training, call centre/customer service representatives, Information Technology (IT), Data Entry, Web Designer, Software Developer, Writers and Sales are jobs that can be carried out as effectively from home. As lockdowns lift, working from home is likely to stay and here is why.
Remote work is appealing to both employees and employers because of the benefits it brings to both parties.
Advantages To The Employer
Companies that have work from home policies can lower operating costs, increase profits and even boost productivity in the event of a natural disaster as witnessed when the pandemic began in China in 2019. A distributed workforce is in a better position to keep operations running.
Embarking businesses can save on start-up costs, as they do not need to buy or rent business premises, save time that would be spent on looking for suitable business property, save time and money spent travelling to work working place.
In Zimbabwe, companies began to normalize providing transportation for their employees in an attempt to reduce the risks for their employees contacting the virus and more so as a result of transport shortages. Remote work is capable of reducing such operating costs.
Advantages To Employee’s
The major advantage of working from home for an employee is less commuting costs (if not catered for by employers) and less commuting stress. On average, a Zimbabwean worker spends at least two hours commuting to work, which adds up to at least four hours travelling to and from work. The circumstances can be worsened by traffic as vehicles continue to overcrowd roads and at the extreme time-wasting can also cause increased levels of stress and anxiety. Getting rid of commuting helps an employee’s mental and physical health and also allows them to save time to time to focus on priorities outside of work such as getting extra sleep in the morning, spending more time with family, workouts, or eating a healthy breakfast and other hobbies.
Moreso, remote jobs can come with a flexible schedule that allows employees to start and end their day as they choose as long as their work is complete. Having control over your working hours can be handy when it comes to attending to other needs or even taking other jobs.
Furthermore, virtual work also comes with location independence. It gives job seekers access to a broader range of job opportunities because there are no geographical barriers with remote work as its name suggests.
How to Work Effectively From Home
To be a successful virtual worker, it is important to ensure you have the appropriate equipment, such as a laptop and reliable internet access to stay connected on the online platforms. You will also need to be disciplined and follow your schedule to meet targets and be productive. If you have done work from home you will know that people usually tend to think that working from home is not working and this can cause great destructions by from friends and relatives which is why at times it is best to keep it to yourself that you are working from home.
Working from home can be flexible, exciting and profitable and the business community is realizing the benefits of virtual work and it may become a norm post-pandemic. However, some responsibilities come with freedom such as effective planning, self-discipline, and focus. Virtual work is still working and is not easier than office work hence the need for hours of uninterrupted hard work.