Are You Tired Of Working Remotely From Home?
Tired of working remotely from home? You're not alone. Turns out your employer might feel exactly the same.
The Wall Street Journal reports that after an initial burst of work-at-home productivity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, "cracks are starting to emerge."
Projects are also beginning to drag on. Not to mention it's getting harder to hire, train, and integrate new people. Some workers seem less engaged, and younger ones develop more slowly. Laszlo Bock, human resources chief at the startup Humu said,
"There's sort of an emerging sense behind the scenes for executives that is saying, this is not going to be sustainable. Remote work was great at first, he says, but "it was people being terrified of losing their jobs, and that fear-driven productivity is not sustainable."
Take San Francisco startup Chef Robotics, which just came in a month late on a producing a product, they missed the deadline, and that is never a good thing. The company CEO said it's a problem that normally took an hour to unpack and now drags on for a day.
Some businesses are mixing at-home and in-office work to varying success, and with most office leases set for eight years or more, executives are unlikely to abandon brick-and-mortar altogether as they are locked in.
It's worth noting that some research suggests that trust and social bonds are also established better in person than they are online or working remotely. Even doing a radio morning show, during the few months that I worked from home, they communication just wasn't the same as being in-studio, if for nothing else but to understand and recognize cues form your co-workers. But polls show that most workers don't want to return to the office full-time which leaves many questions about the future of company cultures.
What are your thoughts? Have you been effected by being displaced and working remotely?