Updated: Jan 22
Post-pandemic, flexibility over where they work will be a basic component
when workers consider the “employment deal”
Who knew working from home would still be de rigueur in 2021? I mean, sure, last summer, some big companies, like GM and Google, already decided they would extend their WFH policies until June of 2021. I, for one, thought it was overkill.
Surely, this pandemic would be over sooner than that...? Alas, here we are.
These businesses decided that, when employees are not required to be in the office, it is better for everyone to work remotely. This, even when working from home is disliked by and bad for most employees, researchers say.
To be fair, this study was specific to WFH during pandemic conditions. No doubt current circumstances have contributed burdens and uncertainties that weigh heavily on some—many—employees. Moreover, I think most of us are tired of just about everything we are required to do as a result of the pandemic.
Irrespective of the coronavirus, there has been much debate among workforce and talent experts as to the correct course of action regarding WFH. It has finally been settled that people can effectively work from home. The question is: What do businesses gain and lose when their employees work remotely? As you might expect, there are excellent arguments on both sides. For instance, some point to studies that suggest working from home negatively impacts our mental health. This is a concern all of us should take seriously.
On the other hand, some point as an advantage of WHF the reduced expenses for both the company and the employee: companies are giving up expensive office leases and relinquishing paid parking spaces Downtown; employees save both money and time by eliminating their commute to work.