It looks like working from home is
here to stay. The US and the entire
world had a crash course in remote working with the onset of the Covid 19
pandemic. All in all it seems to have
gone remarkably well from both the employee and employer’s point of view. In a recent survey by Global Workplace
of North American office workers worked from home more than 1 day/week during
the pandemic (88% globally); 67% had not worked remotely on a
regular basis before COVID-19 (69% globally). That is a dramatic, if not unprecedented,
shift in office dynamics.
Not only did they work from home, many think they were more
productive. Of the employees, 73% say
they are very successful working from home (68% globally). They are not alone. Their managers are just as satisfied with
work performance as employees, 70% report the same or better results.
I look back on why this transition was so “easy” for so many
of my colleagues. The fact of the matter
is, I began my career as a remote worker in the mid 80’s when I joined Andersen
as a young auditor. While we did not
work from home, we packed up (remember the big black trunks) and worked at the
client site for the majority of our time.
It is hard to imagine now, but that was possible in the days before, cell
phones and email.
Technology has evolved dramatically and makes remote working
ever so easy. However, there is a need
for the comradery and efficiencies of an office environment. Most employees get this. That is why the survey concluded North
American employees want to continue working from an average of 2.5 days a week
(2 days/week globally).
We are still in the midst of the pandemic and everyone is
adjusting to the work from home environment.
It is safe to say that we will never go back to the typical 5 days a
week at the office. However, as time
goes on we will need to find ways to stay connected. As humans that means face to face and
meaningful interactions are required. We
saw that over 30 years ago at Andersen.
While we were often deployed to client’s locations for weeks
on end, at crunch time we were often in the Andersen office where we could
quickly and effectively marshal all the resources we needed. Today, we could use any number of the video
conferencing platforms to assist, but at some point it sure is rewarding to sit
face to face with your colleagues to collaborate and share experiences
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