The recent major global pandemic caused a lot of damage across the globe. It is safe to say that almost everyone is affected in one way or another. Those who could escape the virus still experienced the consequences, such as the closure of schools, offices, workplaces and the general lockdown.
One area that was greatly affected during the pandemic is how people work. The unforeseen closure of many workplaces and offices launched a new era of remote work. Millions of people in America and the world at large are now working from their homes. This might even bring about a major shift in the way most industries will operate in the future.
Many employees who said their job functions could be done from the comfort of their homes said that, before the global pandemic, they hardly or never teleworked. Only about 20 percent of workers said they worked from their homes most or all of the time.
More than 70 percent of those employees are working from their homes during the pandemic most or all of the time, according to a PWC Research Center survey. Over 50 percent of those workers said that, given a chance, they would like to continue working from their homes after the pandemic. In addition, many people find it easier and more convenient to work from home, away from all the pressure in the office.
However, many companies and employers are comfortable with this move because they feel employees would be less productive. They believe most employees work better when they are under supervision.
The transition to remote work has been very easy for many workers, including adults. About 75 percent of those working remotely said getting the equipment and technology needed to do their jobs was easy. They also said that they have a perfect workspace to do their job.
Most workers working from home also said they find it easier to complete projects on time and meet deadlines. They also get fewer interruptions while feeling motivated to do their job diligently.
The concept of working from home is not new. It has been around for a very long time, but many employers do not like the idea because they like keeping an eye on their employees, and they have not explored the option. However, what has improved significantly over the years is the resources available for working remotely.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was another global pandemic in 2009 – the H1N1 virus. During this pandemic, many modern technologies brought people together digitally and enhanced collaboration and communication.
Employers could reach and connect with their workers through web conferences and video solutions such as Skype. They also used social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Email platforms such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook also enhanced their functionalities by adding new features. There were also many tools to manage projects, share files, and more.
Nevertheless, the difference between the pandemic in 2009 and 2019 is the ease with which people can work remotely. In 2009, cloud computing was not as functional as it is today. It was not even accepted globally as the digital path for the operations of businesses. Then, employees had to deal with unreliable, busy VPN connections to access important information and data on company servers.
However, that is not the story today. There has been a significant change in the way people work from home now. Today, employees now have the right cloud tools and services to create their virtual work environment right from the comfort of their homes.
During the pandemic, many employees and businesses developed new behaviors and embraced new skills that helped to enhance the way they function. As a result, most companies have used the Coronavirus pandemic as an avenue for change.
The pandemic has changed the office culture to a supportive culture. For many years, we have been made to believe that office-centric, 9-5 job was the best thing for businesses. However, as the pandemic forced many employees to work from their homes, many businesses have embraced the change. This has brought about a considerable change in productivity and the freedom of employees.
This massive shift in working style has also made companies take only the best parts of office culture, and they have freed their workers from bad habits and inefficient processes. Hisense is an example of one of the companies that embraced remote work. The company also supported its team through difficult times. They aimed to ensure their workers are safe and at home while keeping them engaged, motivated, and informed.
Another major way the pandemic changed the way we work is that it forced many employees to learn new skills. Many employees had no choice but to learn and develop new skills to help them retain their jobs and continue to be productive while at home. In addition, people had to learn and cope with modern technology. Interestingly, the result turned out fine, as more people than ever have the knowledge and skills to work and complete projects effectively from anywhere.
Working from home has been the dream of many employees. While many jobs do not create the for employees to work from home, those whose jobs allow them to work from feel they can perform better and be more productive when working from home.
The pandemic has brought about significant change in the way we work from home. Many job positions that seemed impossible to handle from home are now being handled from home. Many employees have been forced to learn new skills and technologies to enable them to work from the comfort of their homes. Fortunately, there are now more tools to make remote work seamless and easy. Many employees even find themselves to be more productive and focused while working from home.