When Covid-19 took over the world, businesses and companies were reluctantly forced to ask their employees to work from home. In the beginning, there, of course, was a lot of praise when it came to the boost in productivity; however, six months since the Pandemic hit the world, the remote workforce has started showing signs of trouble.
Steven Fisackerly – Cracks emerging in the system
Steven Fisackerly is the Chief Operating Officer at STI, LP and a widely respected business expert in the USA, and he has observed that managers and C-suite executives were impressed with the surge in productivity of their teams right after work from home measures were implemented after the Pandemic. The scenario looked great as workers were in constant contact with each other; they were learning and embracing new technologies for project management and meetings. They were successful in maintaining targets and deadlines, helping the company to move forward.
The emergence of issues and new challenges
As a remote workforce from home crosses the 6-month mark, there are some signs of trouble that are already surfacing. Managers are now noticing these problems and agree that though daily operations are not being hampered, the biggest hindrance faced now is the launch of new services and products. The time period is longer, and getting all the project members onboard poses a problem. New members cannot be hired as the process is no longer seamless or spontaneous.
Other problems that companies are facing now are as follows-
- It has been observed that work teams have lost the cohesive bond that is vital for fostering team dynamics like critical thinking, solving problems together, and create synergies.
- Brainstorming sessions for innovation and interactions have been reduced and cannot be carried out in a remote work environment.
- Managers who were once quite pleased with the work from the home environment do not have serious second thoughts that have compelled them to reconsider their organization position.
Remote workforce versus the environment in the office
A new debate has emerged as to whether a remote workforce is better than an in-office environment and vice versa. It can be difficult to come to a verdict after weighing the pros and cons of each. The success rate actually depends upon the type of industry that is catered to. Besides the health benefits of workers staying at home, business owners and managers are now considering the factors that drive innovation in employees while considering new social distancing measures after taking healthcare professionals’ recommendations.
Steven Fisackerly states that corporations dealing with commercial real estate operations will be the biggest losers when it comes to working from home workforces. Some organizations weigh the pros of cost savings when it comes to using the office space, but at the same time, new issues have arisen when it comes to the workforce’s productivity. The need of the hour is to create a balance- a hybrid solution needs to be found where specific workforce will drop in during some days in the week to the office to collaborate with one another, strategize policies, and plan as the per the present and future projects of the company.