Remote Work: The Good and the Bad

On a online call working remotely

The COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to rapidly adapt and implement remote work processes to ensure operational continuity. While remote work offered flexibility and the ability to get a bite to eat, help children with schoolwork and go outside for a break, it also presented challenges related to work-life balance, company culture, communication, and employee productivity.

Without the traditional office setting, employees needed to rely on self-motivation and establish personal routines to maintain productivity. The absence of direct adult interaction and the informal conversations with coworkers posed challenges for those who thrived on social interactions in the workplace.

The remote work shift required regular meetings on video conferencing platforms that became essential to keep employees connected to the business and maintain a sense of belonging and camaraderie. 

For managers who struggled with effective communication in traditional settings, remote work added further pressure to effectively convey messages to their remote teams. Clear and concise communication became vital to ensure employees understood expectations, goals, and updates. Managers needed to adopt new communication tools and techniques to maintain engagement and connection with their remote workforce.

Employees without designated home offices had to manage potential distractions, such as children interrupting, pets making noise, or sharing workspaces with a spouse who also worked remotely. Balancing work responsibilities with home dynamics required effective time management and communication within households to minimize disruptions and create conducive work environments.

One of the biggest advantages of remote work was the opportunity for employees to achieve a better work-life balance. With reduced commuting time and greater flexibility in scheduling, employees gained more control over their personal lives. This increased balance and well-being positively impacted job satisfaction, productivity, and overall employee happiness.