Working from home has advantages and disadvantages for both employees and employers. One common concern among company executives, for example, is home distractions and reduced productivity. Some have even figured out how to monitor employees who work from home. Working from home, on the other hand, has revolutionized the employment benefits enjoyed by many workers, providing more flexibility and fewer formalities than the office.
Maintaining productivity while ensuring employees are happy in their roles is a balancing act that businesses strive to master. However, as the world’s progress toward eradicating the pandemic varies, it’s critical that both sides of this debate — employee and employer — take steps to ensure a prosperous and healthy partnership.
Tips for Employees
Staying Motivated While Working From Home
Setting goals is one of the most effective ways to stay motivated and avoid burnout. However, not all objectives are created equal. Large, abstract goals that are challenging or time-consuming can be more harmful than beneficial, leaving you feeling inadequate as milestones are missed. Set small, attainable goals that can be achieved steadily over the course of a project or time period.
Staying Focused While Working From Home
Distractions exist in any working environment, but working from home can often present even more difficulties in staying focused. Aside from removing distractions like phones, televisions, and other sources of entertainment, one of the most effective strategies is to create a dedicated workspace that helps to separate work from home. In the absence of a commute, having a workspace separate from the areas of your home where you relax and unwind will assist you in mentally “clocking out” when work is completed.
Tips for Employers
Keeping Your Employees on Track
Just as employees can set goals for personal development, good leaders can set goals for their teams to help keep people across job functions aligned and motivated. Leaders should remember to encourage their employees at every milestone and be present to support them as needed to help them achieve these goals.
Avoid Becoming an Absentee Leader
Absentee leaders are those who are no longer involved with their teams. Absentee leaders do not communicate with or actively lead the employees on whom they rely. Look at the effectiveness of your team to see if your employees are effective, communicative, and empowered in their roles to assess the strength of your leadership. Setting up open-door time or one-on-one check-in meetings, creating agendas to structure meetings, providing opportunities for employees to share feedback and ideas, and investing in team building are some other strategies for avoiding absentee leadership.
While 2023 has already begun with uncertainty, organizations around the world are applying the lessons learned during the previous three years of the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting to the new realities of doing business. Both the employee and the employer will play a role in the success of this ever-changing work-from-home environment, and flexibility and understanding on both sides will be our most valuable tools in achieving success.