In light of the current crisis, the majority of the workforce has shifted base to the home. Employers have been compelled to modify and alter their policies in accordance with the need of the hour. As we must be aware by now that this fight against the COVID-19 is a long and strenuous battle with the advent of the vaccine in a few years.
While a lot of us are used to living the entrepreneur life from a home office, it’s still a big adjustment to have to self-isolate and stop all face-to-face interactions with coworkers and clients. A study shows that 77% of workers have shown remarkable progress in working from home. Three quarters said they believe their manager trusts them to be productive from home, although 31% relayed that their employer had enforced new processes to check on people’s output.
68% of the employees feel they are either more productive or equally productive from home – which is particularly significant given the unique challenges many workers face with handling childcare and home-schooling. 31% of people praised their work-life balance amidst the social distancing and quarantining. Jan Schwarz, the co-founder of people analytics company Visier, said: “It reflects positively on the UK’s HR industry that workers think companies who are new to remote working have handled a tough situation so well.”
Talks of altering the long term policies is a method that all organizations are looking at. Amazon has currently decided to allow work from home for all its employees till October. The research firm Gartner released a report that 74 percent of those surveyed expect at least 5 percent of their workforce who previously worked in company offices will become permanent work-from-home employees after the pandemic ends.
According to Mike McLaughlin, chief information officer and vice president of professional services at Technologent, “Our traditional customers have a lot of mid-level workers who may be part of a team and occasionally are in the office.” “This pandemic will be the push to get these people to work from home permanently,” he said.
“Technologent has practices around networking and security, and is positioned to help clients in the switch to a larger permanent work-from-home employee base,” McLaughlin said.
“We have the networking, the security, the connectivity capabilities in place to make this happen,” he said. “We can also do a lot of work at the enterprise level with software-driven solutions for new ways to implement things like VPNs.”