Is Offering Work-From-Home Flexibility Still Worth It?
During the pandemic lockdowns, many employees became accustomed to working from home. After pandemic restrictions eased, many were still reluctant to go back to the office. Today, employers are wondering if it’s worth it to continue offering WFH flexibility. For some employers, a decentralized workforce can offer substantial benefits, while WFH can be a drawback for others who value having the entire team together.
WFH Benefits for Employers
Employers may be able to scale back the need for office space if their workforce is remotely based. This can result in lower costs for office furniture and equipment, not to mention monthly mortgage or rental costs. In workplaces where a great deal of knowledge-based work is done, some employees are able to be more productive without the interruptions inherent in a shared office space, especially if an open-office floorplan is present or the culture encourages an open-door policy.
Placing Limits on Work-From-Home Arrangements
Employers may have concerns about managing a remote workforce, especially when it comes to ensuring employees stay productive for the entire work day. If the time at a desk is important for your work, Employers can use software to monitor work productivity and physical presence at a computer, although that approach is unpopular with employees and there are ways around it. It may be more effective to set down clear limits that allow employees the ability to enjoy flexibility while still maintaining accountability. You may want to define acceptable time frames around returning messages, for instance, or establish a daily or weekly check-in time.
When to Call Employees Back to the Office
If you feel your company’s creativity and innovation are suffering because employees need face-to-face time, it may be time to call everyone back at least some of the time. Employees becoming more disconnected or isolated might also be a sign that a move back to the office would be worthwhile. Some tasks, like hands-on training and onboarding new employees, are can be more effective when done in person than remotely.
Regardless of your personal preference, there will be people who work best from home. Encouraging and open dialogue, ensuring a smooth transition, offering flexibility, and providing space to work independently are important for some to be their best at work.
Crosworks can help you learn how to increase team engagement, effectively onboard new employees, and develop your talent so they are excited about growing with your organization. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.