First improvised as an emergency because of the pandemic, remote work has become a common practice over the past few months. What can we say about it, one year later? What are the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting for both employees and employers?
Several studies have shown that there are several benefits of teleworking. Indeed, while one would have thought quite the opposite, there is an increase in productivity. Perceived by employees as a privilege, they redouble their efforts to enjoy this benefit as much as possible. It is also a source of motivation and satisfaction, as workers see a better quality of life. In addition, thanks to this practice, they avoid travel and thus save a lot of time in addition to being able to spend more time with their family.
In contrast, working remotely contributes to either isolation or loneliness. Work teams are then segmented and interactions between colleagues take a hit. Especially for new recruits hired during the pandemic, who have never had the chance to meet their colleagues in person. Integration and a sense of belonging are therefore much more difficult with teleworking. In addition, one can also think that this practice puts a brake on the career development of the employee, because the chances of being promoted and of obtaining a promotion are lower.
As for employers, they are making great savings, thanks to this brand new practice, both on office rental costs and other fixed costs. In addition, there is a drop in the rate of absenteeism, late arrivals and employee turnover. Indeed, when the employer offers this option during recruitment, it is an asset. Thus, more applications are received and there are also fewer resignations. The employee is aware of this advantage. The company therefore retains its employees.
To answer the question, we believe that teleworking should become a common practice for the future, but not 100%. A balance between traditional work and teleworking would in fact be ideal. This would limit the negative effects of working remotely while allowing employees to reduce the stress that comes with commuting to work and also have more time with family. In short, there is thus a better reconciliation between professional and personal life thanks to teleworking. It is therefore a practice to consider part-time, even when COVID-19 is no longer relevant.
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