Now that we’re a bit more settled into our work-from-home arrangements, I’m curious about how your company’s remote work culture has changed over the course of the pandemic.
What I Want to Know:
Now that the genie is out of the bottle and the old guard can’t claim that remote work isn’t possible anymore, do you see your org continuing to support remote work after the pandemic?
Did your org offer remote work before the pandemic? Have their perceptions about remote work changed at all?
Is this remote work thing just a temporary fix or is it really the Future of Work™?
I get that the results are going to be a little skewed here. A great deal of IT is overwhelmingly compatible with remote work - while I’d love to hear about your specific role I’d also like to know about your org as a whole.
Do People Want to Work Remotely?
I sure do! Now that I’ve experienced remote work I can confidently say that I’m never going back to the office again. A traditional office environment with a strict 9-5 schedule simply isn’t compatible with my neurodiverse needs. I get my best work done when I can control my environment to suit my unique working style.
I get that not everyone is stoked on remote work like I am, but the demand is clearly there: 76% of employees surveyed by GWA from March - April 2020 want to continue working from home at least some of the time. Our little community is in line with this too - a Spiceworks poll from April makes it clear that Spiceheads are largely in favor of remote work for themselves.
Is Remote Work a Good Thing?
I get that remote work isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but various studies have shown countless benefits of a remote workforce. Despite these benefits, 44% of employees in a 2018 Owl Labs survey said that their employers did not allow any sort of remote work.
This is strange to me - if a role is remote-compatible, why not offer the option to those that want it? From what I’ve found a lot of managers simply don’t trust that employees can be productive while working from home. There are also legitimate criticisms when it comes to the simplicity of collaboration when face-to-face vs working remotely.
There’s no doubt in my mind that this pandemic is going to completely change the availability of remote work accommodations in the long term. Even the most curmudgeonly of companies can understand that meeting the demands of the market is going to make them a favorable company to work for. Besides, if they've already invested in the infrastructure they might as well take advantage of it, right?
What do you think? Is this remote work thing a temporary fix or is it really the Future of Work™?
P.S. We’ve seen a whopping 130% increase in leads for our employee monitoring software from Q1 to Q2. To help everyone adjust I’ve written this guide to respecting the privacy of remote workers.
P.P.S I've left the poll open so you can add better answers if a simple Yes/No feels too limited