Does your team love remote work? Are you fighting to keep remote work a permanent option?
Finding the best working format for your team and organization can be a challenging. Whether you have used trial and error, gathered feedback or taken a more strategic approach, it’s always worth looking at both sides of the coin before deciding on a more permanent solution for your organization.
This chart, adapted from Jennifer Britton’s 90 Day Guide to Success (Pages 36-39), will allow you to weigh the advantages of working virtually or in a hybrid/flexible work model, as well as how to address or argue against the perceived drawbacks.
ADVANTAGES TO REMOTE WORK
ARGUMENT AGAINST REMOTE WORK
MYTHBUSTER AND/OR ACTION STEPS
You are not going to work on your own
Establish clarity on action steps, touchpoints, regular communication and reporting
Nobody is going to know what to do without direction
Continue team meetings on a regular basis and clarify tasks
Employees need to be supervised
Focus on output rather that time spent on activities. Explore what does generate the conditions for productivity, creativity, innovation and focus
Lazy employees sitting in their pajamas
Establish a routine. Get up and "go" to work. Also, establish clarity around dress codes for on-screen meetings
Shorter/Zero Commute Times
Some people value their commute time for reading, learning, catching up, being alone, etc.
A change of pace could including working from another offsite location, such as a library or coffee shop
Lower travel costs
Increase costs for home offices for employees
Savings on Health and Safety costs based on risk vs. number of employees in the building at any time
Less networking opportunities
Utilize technologies and and offsite locations and make networking a more deliberate task
Reducing Ecological Footprint
Pressure to upkeep real estate investment and satisfy various stakeholders
A reduction in real estate can save money, reduce ecological footprint and maximize the time and space used when employees are on site (hybrid example)
Harnessing the Best Global Talent
International hiring is complex and tedious
Attrition and rehiring costs during the Great Resignation have also been great. Hiring across cultures and time zones increases round-the-clock productivity, allows for intercultural infusion and can save money if cost of living is lower in distant regions
If you are currently positioning an argument for remote or hybrid/flexible work for your organization, you can find more targeted statistics to frame your justifications in Jennifer Britton’s 90 Day Guide to Success (Pages 36-39). If you would like some assistance with this process or to discuss your specific situation, feel free to book a FREE 15 minute consultation with Jennifer Britton using this link
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