There’s a stark difference in productivity and quality of experience for those who are new to working from home and WFH veterans. Unfortunately, most employees fall in the former category, which hurts business outcomes. It is vital that companies actively improve WFH setups – without leaving it entirely to the individual – if they are to maximise remote talent.
This involves finetuning two aspects of the home office: the work environment and the technology infrastructure.
Despite the rise of remote work in the last half-decade, it was limited to occasional usage. Employees opted to WFH on days when the commute proved challenging, or there was an emergency at home. But today, 100% WFH is the norm for companies worldwide – regardless of their digital maturity. Small businesses, creative agencies, accounting firms, and a host of other desked sectors have turned to WFH at scale to keep up profitability.
However, not every home is designed for work. Particularly in large cities and congested urban centres, a dedicated study is missing. This leads to employee’s working from the living room, the bedroom, or other spaces where achieving work-life balance is difficult. Companies can address this by:
This should be among the top priorities for employers right now. Several studies confirm that remote employees regularly face technology bottlenecks, which brings down their productivity. 53% have experienced glitches or dropped audio, and more than half have had to upgrade their digital set up to continue working efficiently.
The right WFH enabler can save you significantly in lost productivity. That’s why companies should:
We often make the mistake of placing the onus of WFH outcomes on the employee. But it is still *work*, and proactive employers who do their part will gain a competitive edge for the foreseeable future.