Even though the new quarter doesn't start until Wednesday, we are jumping into it with both feet. BTW - that is also the theme for July - Being Agile. Two quick reasons for this theme now. First is we are in new territory when it comes to the economy, social factors, government action and how it is affecting our ability to run a profitable business. The second is how it matches with our previous emphasis around building a "Lean Organization'. The difference is simple - Agile is a mindset that uses the principles of Lean to succeed in unstable times.
The COVID-19 pandemic has normal business life upside down in so many ways. These dramatic changes have been forced on many individuals and businesses over the last several months. Pulse, an online research and networking platform polled its community and found that:
While the shift to remote work was very abrupt for most organizations, the transition—if any—back to in-office work will likely be far more gradual.
What You Need to Know
Many companies are taking a more conservative approach transitioning employees back to the offices. A gradual approach allows more time to work out the kinks of a transition. Some studies have shown that employees have varying preferences regarding remote work. While some employees may be concerned about the health risks of working closely with other employees, others prefer working remotely, while others find the lack of in-person interaction draining or find it difficult to focus.
Benefits of Remote Work
Working remotely has been seen to have a lot of advantages not only to employees but also to the companies employing them and the environment at large.
Challenges Employees Face Working Remotely
Remote work also has some disadvantages for employees as they try to balance work and home life in the same location. Common challenges include:
What You Need to Do
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the outlook of remote work for many companies as they learn the pros and cons of working from home and begin planning for a long term remote work experience.
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