WFH is Here to Stay. Are You Ready?

May 30, 2023 | remote work, WFH, work from home

The year 2020 was nothing like what we had seen before. At a certain point in time, it felt like the world would come to a standstill. With lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed around the world, businesses were pushed into a ‘new normal’. One of the things that was a part of this ‘new normal’, was work from home (WFH). This WFH set up brought along multiple challenges, especially to those organizations which weren’t experienced with this model already. Accessing critical work information, carrying out meetings on Zoom, attending conferences remotely and even setting up trade show booths online, were all new concepts. While the pandemic was temporary, one thing is certain–the remote work culture is not.

WFH existed even before the pandemic. There were a sizable number of companies–primarily in the IT industry that routinely hired a remote workforce. Freelancers operated remotely, too for the most part. However, the pandemic forced every company that could operate remotely to adopt the WFH model. While the initial switch was cumbersome, challenging and even frustrating, the benefits offered by the WFH model can’t be ignored.

It Benefits Employees:
  • Saving time and money that would otherwise be spent on commuting from home to work.
  • Offers greater flexibility, letting employees choose their working hours in some cases.
  • Need fewer days off to care for a sick children or family members since it’s feasible to attend to those needs and work in the same day, though it still requires some flexibility from employers and clients.
  • With fewer workplace oriented distractions, users are able to accomplish more in less time, which means they have more personal time and a better work-life balance
It Benefits Employers:
  • Tends to increase employee productivity, focus, energy due to minimizing workplace distractions and eliminating long commutes.
  • Results in less absenteeism as employees have flexible work schedules and can attend to personal and family issues when needed, without having to take a day off.
  • Lowers overhead costs related to office rental and maintenance, utilities because large, private spaces can be replaced with smaller and even shared options.
  • Aids in employee retention due to greater job satisfaction.

So, there’s no doubt that the trend of WFH will continue well into the future and remain quite normal. It seems to be a win-win situation for both the employees and the organizations they work for. However, for WFH to function smoothly, you need to have a solid IT infrastructure ensures security of your data and stability of your resources. Over the last three years, a lot was done in the heat of the moment out of necessity. Have you reviewed your operations to ensure that you have proper standards and controls implemented?

Are you ready to ramp up your WFH mode and make sure it gives your bottom line the most benefit? It’s time to get in touch with a managed IT service provider who can help you make the most of a remote workforce.

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