Is working from home becoming the norm?

The corona virus pandemic has probably changed the face of modern business forever. The corporate world has undergone one of the greatest transformations in its history. Work from home, which until then was reserved only for certain spheres of business, has become everyday and almost the norm.

Something that started as an experiment and continued under the pressure of a growing epidemic, brought unexpected changes. Employees and company owners have different and often conflicting views on this issue.

It has been three years since the world pandemic changed the conditions and pace of work. Faced with an increase in the number of patients, most company owners decided to send home all those workers whose presence is not necessary at the office desk. At first, no one knew what to expect and whether employee productivity would be lower or higher. However, concerns about their effectiveness have proved completely unfounded.

Productivity remained at the same or even higher level, and employees were happier, as they said in many surveys. Work from home it brought them more space for self-organization, as well as more time spent with family.

Faced with the new reality, many employees did not realize at the outset how much things they would need in their new office. Most thought it was only temporary. However, as time went on, it became clear to everyone that the end of the pandemic was not in sight and that they would have to adapt to the current situation. Reliable computers and computer peripherals have become a necessary part of every home office.

Also, small office supplies such as storage folders are needed, quality printing paper and stationery. A desk and ergonomic chair have proven to be a good investment for most employees.

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During 2020 and 2021, most large companies moved the deadlines for returning to work and offices several times. However, in the vast majority of cases, the decision was not implemented. The reasons for that should be sought both in the constant growth of the number of infected people and in the uncertainty of company owners.

They realized that worker productivity it has not decreased and in some cases even increased. Also, a large number of developed technology companies did not have any problems with teleworking. Taking all of the above into account, it is not surprising that we still do not know the exact dates of the return of employees to their jobs.

A new and different way of doing business has led to a big change in the way of thinking of both employees and employers. Many surveys and a lot of studies have been conducted that focused on examining the new circumstances.

It turns out that we can distinguish between two types of employers. Some have nothing against working from home as long as the employees do their job on time and with quality. Others, on the other hand, have the feeling that if the employees are not on the company’s premises, they will not give their best and that the job is therefore suffering.

As for the employees, they also have different opinions. Some would never want to go back to the offices, while others would really want to because they want to separate business from private life.

No one can tell us for sure what the world is waiting for tomorrow. Some have adapted to the new situation, and some are still adapting. Either way, some things are certain. The pandemic has shown that the corporate world can cope with unexpected situations.

Employees and employers managed to overcome all obstacles with joint efforts, understanding and cooperation. The data show us that most employees are satisfied with their quality of life since working at home. This knowledge is not surprising, considering that they were able to better connect with their family and friends.

Whether you work in an office, from home or in a hybrid, it is important that you are satisfied with your job. We should not ignore everything we have learned in the last three years, and that is that a lot can be achieved with perseverance and patience.


Source: Portal o ekonomiji by www.economy.rs.

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