With the current COVID-19 pandemic, many non-essential businesses have turned to a work from home setting for most of its employees to resume operations. This is to reduce the need for their employees to go outside and risk exposure to the virus.
It’s only a matter of time that the curve will flatten or a vaccine will be found. And when this time comes, it’s expected that most businesses will resume regular operations and require employees to work in the office.
However, not all companies are taking that risk. Google, for example, announced that all employees will be working from home until the end of 2020. Here’s why businesses that have proven its operations can run normally even with most of its workforce working from home should take a page from Google and do the same for their business.
Less Time Commuting
Until a vaccine is found, commuting is still a health hazard for those required to take public transportation. Infection is still possible, putting your employees (especially those who are immuno-compromised) at risk. And look at it this way: if multiple employees get infected, they may be unable to work for weeks until they’re fully recovered. This would not be a huge risk had they stayed at home.
If they’ve proven that working from home does not affect their productivity, then you could save them the hassle of commuting. This can be a morale booster for those who have to travel long distances, dread stuffing themselves into crowded public transportation, or spend on their fares.
Quarantine Proved That Working From Home Is Possible
The COVID-19 quarantine has been described as “a massive experiment in telecommuting.” In the United States, almost half of the country’s workforce is working remotely, a huge leap from the 15% percent that have been working from home prior to the virus breakout.
As a result, it’s been proven that work from home is possible for many business operations. Some business may obviously not benefit from a work from home situation, but those that can, however, should. Research has found that working from home can boost productivity, reduce pollution from commuting or driving to work, and foster mental health. There may be a period of adjustment, but once workers establish a work-life balance, they should be able to do business as usual.
Redefining Effective Management
Did you know that the biggest reason small businesses fail is because of poor management? Some business owners and managers, however, may take this the wrong way and push against a work from home scheme because they don’t trust their employees to work without supervision.
But that sort of thinking doesn’t really do anything for effective management. The traditional way of thinking of effective management is seeing employees sat in front of their computers. But in a work from home scenario, you wouldn’t be looking at employees on their seats, but on the results they do bring.
Micromanaging doesn’t ensure effective workers. Making sure that employees get their work done smoothly at the end of the day does.
The current pandemic situation has forced businesses to adapt their workforce with with work from home structures. For many businesses, it has proven that it is possible to operate even while employees are working remotely. For their safety, productivity, and effectiveness in their work, it may be a good idea to continue letting them work from home.