In the month of April, we conducted a survey of people working remotely to learn about the challenges and opportunities that remote work offers to both employees and employers. In this edition we discuss the 4 important lessons which we have learned from our Remote Work Survey.
- Employer Reach: Employers are revising their policies to include remote work as a benefit to attract and retain good employees. This is extending employers’ reach to outside their immediate geographic areas.
- Addressing Worker Productivity: Employers could apply part of the cost savings, resulting from employees not having to come to work, toward helping their employees get proper work space including desk, comfortable chair, and high speed internet. Deployment of online collaboration, along with proper training, can help to a great extent establish collaboration among colleagues.
- Cybersecurity: Most employees still lack training in Cybersecurity such as ransomware and phishing. These types of attacks are only expected to rise. Employers must invest in imparting training to their employees. Additionally a small percentage of employees still use their personal computer to do remote work, which should be a matter of concern to their employers.
- Balance between Remote Work and Work in the Office: Despite the rise in popularity of remote work, working in the office has certain natural advantages that cannot be ignored, one of which is the collaboration and creativity fostering idea generation that happens when people are in close physical proximity to one another. Our survey respondents seem to confirm this belief as they indicated their desire to split work 50/50 between office and home.