It’s time to debunk remote work myths! This year saw many businesses having to work from home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Many of them were worried about making the switch. Would their employees get any work done? Would meetings become ineffective? What would happen to their work culture? These were just some of the things on companies’ minds. It was difficult then to distinguish fact from fiction. And for some businesses it’s still difficult.
That’s why we’re here! We’ll prove that some of the popular misconceptions about remote work should be dispelled as soon as possible. After all, working from home is on the rise. Indeed, 52% of employees work remotely around the world at least once a week. And many expect that this number will only grow in the upcoming years. We might say goodbye to commuting, traffic jams, and early mornings sooner than we thought!
So, in this article, we’ll dive into common remote work myths and prove they’re unfounded.
Although some job positions aren’t suitable for this work arrangement, the majority of employees can make the switch and maintain business as usual. We ask you to approach this subject with an open mind and discover the benefits it brings to your business, colleagues, and employees.
Now, let’s destroy some remote work myths!
If we’ve heard this theory once, we’ve heard it a thousand times. This misconception is so common and popular that it’s usually the reason why companies decide not to embrace remote work. For some reason, managers and superiors don’t like the thought of not being able to see what you’re doing at any given time. Because you’re not sitting close to them, they assume that you aren’t as productive as you would be if you were in an office setting.
However, this particular theory has been disproven by countless experts. In fact, one study revealed that people who work from home at least once a month are 24% more likely to be happy and productive. Also, a 2012 Stanford study reported that flexibility of remote work is what increases productivity.
Moreover, 23% of remote employees say they work longer hours than they would in the office. And this doesn’t come as a surprise. While working remotely, it’s difficult to realize that it’s time to walk away from your virtual office. You can easily get lost in your work and find yourself in front of your laptop long after your working hours have ended.
We’d say that this misconception has been successfully dispelled. Let’s move on to other remote work myths!
Some people believe that company culture can’t exist in this work arrangement. The idea behind this theory is that employees need to be in the same space and interact with each other in order to build company culture. To some extent, camaraderie is hard to develop when team members aren’t in the same location. However, nothing is impossible if managers put a little effort in it.
Namely, they can come up with activities that can bring people closer together. For instance, remote teams can still organize in-person gatherings. This can be done for both work and leisure purposes. Companies can unite their teams by arranging different activities like karaoke or bowling. Nothing spells team spirit like a friendly game or two.
Furthermore, it’s wise to also hold video and phone calls every once in a while. As you can see, remote teams can still bond regardless of whether they’re in the office or not. And video calls can especially help them with that. As long as there is proper communication, managers ensure their employees feel appreciated, and workers love what they do, company culture will thrive anywhere.
Have you realized that remote work myths have no place in our lives? Wait until we debunk the rest of them!
Communication breakdowns occur while working from home for the same reason they do in the office — there is a lack of dedication. To avoid this, businesses should implement a remote work policy which focuses on the tools for communication the remote team is required to use. But, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
This policy is only the beginning. In other words, companies should build a culture where open communication takes first place. Successful remote companies go above and beyond to ensure their employees are socializing. Some create spaces for shared interest or invite team members to group video calls where they talk about movies, TV shows, books, and other things.
Therefore, it’s important that managers outline clear expectations and tools for communication when hiring remote workers. The truth is, if employees don’t try to interact and engage with each other, communication will suffer. But, if communication is prioritized, remote workers will feel encouraged to stay in touch with each other and share ideas.
Most of these remote work myths exist because no one puts in effort to avoid common issues. As far as this one is concerned, businesses just settle for one or more communication apps and inform their remote employees what to download.
We’re almost done with listing the most popular remote work myths. This next (and last) one is more a tech-focused misconception. Namely, many companies worry that setting up home offices could jeopardize confidential information, including passwords or other sensitive data. Okay, this myth might carry some truth. If some employees are working on highly-sensitive information while using free WiFi at local coffee shops, businesses do have reasons to worry.
However, the Internet is brimming with protective tools whose purpose is to secure your information. So, why not use them? Another thing companies can do is set policies that are aimed at safe digital habits. You can educate remote team members and teach them how to keep data safe while working remotely.
Additionally, most companies have IT departments that rely on a virtual private network or two-factor authentication to ensure security. With the help of these departments, there’s no way remote work can make any data unsafe.
So, there you have it, the most popular remote work myths that prevent companies from approaching this work arrangement. If 2020 has proven anything, it’s that employees who work from home can be productive, foster company culture, communicate with each other, and keep sensitive data safe!
Around the world, remote work has become a favorite arrangement for many employees. In the USA alone, 4.7 million people work from home at least half the week. They are proof enough that remote work myths have no place in the 21st century. Quite the contrary, this work arrangement should be embraced by all companies as soon as possible. After all, 99% of people would work from home at least part-time for the rest of their careers.
So, if your line of work allows it, we encourage you to provide this option to your employees. Your workplace will thrive because of satisfied workers. For those of you who work remotely all the time, you’re well aware of its pros. But, the next time someone tells you that remote work is ineffective, don’t hesitate to send them this article and change their minds!