In 2020, it was in a state of emergency that employees were forced to learn to work remotely, in some cases with a spouse and children also present in the home. This new way of working has since majorly disrupted the organisation of everyday life, and yet 89%* of employees claim to have established a better balance between their professional and their personal lives. Feedback on 10 months of disrupted business and remote working.
What are employees' feelings and what are some good practices for remote working?
Assign a space
Assigning a dedicated work space in your home is not always simple. However, it is important that you can create for yourself a framework, a setting that will be reassuring and comfortable. Several simple tips can be applied to help create this space, which can be either fixed or mobile depending on your preference - the important thing is that you are neither distracted nor disturbed. 58%* of employees encounter difficulty separating the time allocated to their private lives and that allocated to their professional lives. This workspace will help you to overcome these difficulties.
When working remotely, 53%* of employees report experiencing communication difficulties. Human beings are social creatures, and working at home can generate a feeling of isolation. Remote working must first be planned and considered together as a team. We have all experienced those initial video conferencing meetings, where everyone talks at the same time, creating a real sense of frustration. It is important to set time aside for informal discussion.
Create effective tools to avoid an information overload.
Did your email inbox see a real increase in traffic during the first few weeks of remote working? Did the persistent flow of emails and notifications make you loose track of your priorities? You can start by disabling notifications from secondary feeds, and stop responding to everything immediately! To identify a sustainable solution, do not hesitate to talk to your manager and request an overhaul of your internal communication tools.
Is hybrid working the ideal solution? 80%* of remote workers are happy in the current situation, therefore, the return to the office requires a rethink as to how things are done. The organisation of a hybrid model, with time divided between remote work and work carried out in the office, must be arranged as a team.
Furthermore, it must be possible to test it and make adjustments in line with the needs of the business, the various departments and each individual. This way, this hybrid model will succeed in preserving a sense of beloging and a strong corporate culture.
*Survey conducted in September 2020 by Malakoff Humanis.
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