Remote Working During COVID-19 And Beyond

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Are we working from home or instead living permanently at work?

Remote work has never been more common than it is today. The COVID-19 pandemic has obliged companies worldwide to adopt work from home. However, what at first sight may seem commonplace has brought to light issues that require our attention: lack of social interaction, work overload, imbalanced private-work life, unhealthy lifestyle, gender inequality, only to name a few.

Working From Home Is Reshaping the Way We Work

For those who in the meanwhile embraced remote working, while at first many have enjoyed this new way of working, others soon started to find it stressful and continuously challenging to such an extent of intending to stop working remotely once the pandemic is over, either going back to the office or even creating their own businesses.

Tips for Becoming a Successful Remote Worker

Remote working offers many pros and cons; however, a successful remote worker should gather certain qualities.

10 Essential Qualities of an Effective Remote Worker

  • Self-disciplined and focused
  • Reliable and accountable
  • Adaptable/flexible
  • Organized and able to manage time properly
  • Autonomous and with decision-making skills (that is, able to work and solve problems without regular supervision)
  • Resourceful and attentive to detail
  • Team-player
  • With written and verbal communication skills
  • Sharp with technology
  • Be OK working alone without having much contact with other people

If you have all these qualities, then remote working is made for you. If you do not, there is no reason to worry. While remote working is a different approach to get things done than when you are not in the office, working from home is, or, at least should be, a temporary situation. If remote working is not a perfect fit, knowing the best practices will help you easily identify the areas you have more difficulties in to keep working and developing them throughout your career.

How Teleworking Is Impacting Our Happiness and Well-being

When lockdowns started, employees spent their own money to turn their houses into offices; still, many kept reporting increased productivity levels while working from home. At first, most organizations underestimated the seriousness of the situation, thinking that the virus would not be around for long, and forgot to put people first: no measures to support employees performing home working was taken (as, for instance, the purchase of IT and software tools, nor the provision of proper work furniture such as desks and office chairs), nor did they consider developing long-term strategies to protect the physical and mental health of employees.

Now that remote work is often said to be the future, companies have the chance to make things right and be exciting new businesses that put people at the forefront.

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This article was originally published in December 2020 on HR.com (Workforce Management, Time & Attendance, Excellence Magazine).