The sudden and wholesale shift to remote work will have a lasting impact, accelerating a trend towards flexible working policies already on the rise in many office-based businesses. This week, Perkins Eastman explores the obstacles of remote work and provides tips on how to engage a physically-separated workforce.
Even before the global shutdown, an estimated five million employees in the United States (3.6%) worked from home at least half-time. Now, as a result of the global health crisis, Workplace Analytics estimates a 25–30% increase in employees working from home multiple days a week by the end of the year.
A Gallup Analytics study found that employees working remotely 60–80% of the time see optimal employee engagement, productivity, creativity, and morale. But even with proven success, remote work is often met with skepticism and resistance from those in leadership positions. Contradicting the Gallup study, many cite a lack of employee engagement, productivity, and loss of control as a rationale against remote work.
The good news: being required to adopt remote working as a result of the coronavirus provides an opportunity to explore these obstacles.
Design leaders and employees across Perkins Eastman offer helpful solutions to companies struggling with this new circumstance. They show how human-centered, evidence-based strategies can help foster a successful remote workforce.