Employees have new expectations after a year of working from home. There’s been no one-size-fits-all experience to remote working over the past year. Though it is generally agreed that remote working still isn’t perfect for everyone.
Some people and organizations have adapted quickly and with minimal friction. While others have struggled with all manner of issues from IT and technical issues to productivity, wellbeing and work-life balance. […]
NOTES: Remote Working Still Isn’t Perfect. These Are The Things That Need Fixing
The UK mobile operator (O2) surveyed 2,099 workers who had previously been office-based to understand how their needs and expectations of work had changed. The report from O2 Business found that the majority of employees welcomed the notion of splitting their time between the office and home-working going forward. But they also called for a closer alignment of operations, IT and HR in order to support individual work choices and maximize workplace productivity.
The survey also found out that remote employees are still lacking what they need to do their jobs effectively. O2 identified insufficient technology (lack of basic equipment) as the three “key drainers” to productivity. This includes a separate keyboard (56%), mouse (43%), additional display (63%) and desk (55%) to enable them to work from home comfortably. There remains debate over who pays for what, the report notes.
O2’s report ultimately concluded that successful remote working isn’t just about technology – though this is important. Instead, businesses need to create engaging home-working environments that replicate the benefits and rewards of the office. While understanding what motivates individual employees to work most effectively.
Different people have different needs. If employers fail to grasp this then they risk not only a loss of previously hard-won employee engagement but a loss of good people.