There are still a lot of reasons why employees and employers are hesitant to go remote.
One of the major employee fears is security. If an employee joins a public network, they could expose a whole database to malware or viruses. However, it’s important to know that employees are faced with this risk no matter where they are working.
Security measures like software protection could be used to keep business data safe. For some companies, it may be safer to stay in the office or go hybrid so that special files can remain secure. Some companies may not want to go remote at all because they want to keep certain documents safe through restricted access.
Another big concern for office and remote work is noise. If you’re in a busy office setting, it may be hard to hear your customers. It may also be hard to hear customers at home if you have kids running around making noise too. Music at work might be distracting while music at home might be relaxing. Just like so much of what we’ve talked about, preference varies from person to person.
The third biggest concern is internet costs and equipment costs. These can be a burden on both the employer and employees and the decision should be weighed against the benefits of working remotely.
Employers also worry about the amount of accountability an employee will take if they are working from home. Concerns about focus and time management are regularly brought up. Although being in an office can seem like it’s work time, that’s not the case for everyone. Focus and time management can still be neglected in the office, and these things aren’t that big of an issue when we see that productivity can increase by 50% through virtual collaboration.
Studies have shown that when employees have fewer restrictions, they are more likely to be far more productive. Allowing employees to work from home build trust and keeps them accountable for their own work.
The final concern is social isolation. After seeing the effects of the pandemic, employers are concerned that their employees will become depressed and struggle with communication after being away from the office for so long. Thankfully, hybrid offices allow employees to return to the office if they’d like to.
A remote business can also schedule check-ins with their employees to see how they are doing. There could also be non-work-related events hosted online for employees to reconnect and socialize about things that have nothing to do with work.