3 Common Obstacles While The Teams Are Working Remotely And How The Management Level To Solve Them (Part 1)
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COVID-19 has been labeled as a pandemic and a global outbreak of the disease. It has heavily impacted the global economies in general and Vietnam’s in particular. To reduce the spread of the coronavirus, governments and businesses around the world ask their citizens and employees to maintain a social distance, especially work from home since it becomes the simplest but most effective solution for everyone.
So what are the advantages and disadvantages of this solution? What are the top things leaders can do to create a good remote culture? Find out the answers through this thread right away.
What is remote work?
Remote work or teleworking is a working style that allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment. It is based on the concept that work does not need to be done in a specific place to be executed successfully.
It is vital to work remotely in this tough time because that can create a barrier of physical distance between two or more people for an extended period of time so that transmission of the virus can be prevented or halted.
The advantages of working remotely
With increasing numbers of employees working at home, it is clear that remote work is truly beneficial for businesses such as:
1. Prevent 2019-nCoV from spreading to others
Coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person in close proximity, similar to other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu. So teleworking is a measure to restrict or limit the large groups of people coming together. Thanks to that, we can slow the spread of COVI D-19 from ending mass gatherings, closing public spaces like leisure centers, pubs and clubs to closing schools and in some places a total lockdown with people forced to stay indoors.
2. Cut down unnecessary expenses
Even with less expensive technology and marketing tools, running a business costs money, and those costs increase regularly. However, when most employees are currently working out of offices, companies can control expenditures by cutting down inessential costs such as transportation and other operating expenses.
According to Global Workplace Analytics, employers can actually save over $11,000 per half-time telecommute per year, which is a lot of money when you think about all 3.7 million employees who currently work from home at least half the time. For the companies offering employees to use the shuttle bus or turning on the lights after 6 PM, they can save a huge amount of money during the COVID-19 outbreak.
3. Employee flexibility
In fact, a majority of professionals say they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options, then they can accomplish most, feel freshest, and enjoy working. Offering employees workplace flexibility can facilitate them to increase productivity and allow them to take care of their children due to all schools having been closed. Furthermore, the management level can easily beat the competition by having a better, more motivated staff and saving a small fortune in overhead.
On top of that, employees working from home can lead to improvements in health and well-being so that they will be able to improve the productivity as well. Workers at Microsoft Japan are typical instances. They enjoyed working four days a week and a three-day weekend – and getting their normal, five-day paycheck. As a result, the company says, was a productivity boost of 40%.
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>>> Continue to read Part 2 which lists down obstacles that management level needs to overcome when managing employees remotely and solutions to solve them.
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