For years it has been technically possible for employees to work from home. The reality is that few organizations embraced the idea. Many believed that remote work would negatively impact productivity. So, until last year employees across the globe continued to commute to work and back every day.
2020 became the year of the remote worker as people were forced or encouraged to stay at home. While some organizations are still a little reluctant to fully accept the idea of remote work, some of the biggest international organizations plan to save on office rental and make the most of the situation–Amazon, Microsoft, and American Express are just three of those companies.
For organizations, the benefits of remote work are many and varied. By allowing their employees to work from home, the organization can employ people from across the globe. This means that they can choose from the best available skills. Studies have also shown that employees are more productive when they work from home.
Of course, some staff members may find working from home is not all that it was panned out to be. Though they save time and money on the commute, loneliness and isolation can set in. No longer can they engage with others in the passages and around the water cooler.
When employees work from home, the organization must design strategies to keep the team engaged and motivated. This infographic offers some useful advice on how to keep remote workers motivated and actively engaged with the team.