When we talk about remote work or work from home job, it can no longer be considered just as a trend, rather it is here to stay. It is sooner the better that the employers adopt this culture of flexible work models. While in the West, the gig economy concept has been accepted by almost 80-90% of the workforce, in India, it is still in its nascent stage. The fact is that most employers are still having doubts on the remote work concept as there has been a lot of myths associated with this work model.
In this article, we discuss the most popular myths associated with remote working teams which the employers feel will hamper the growth of the company. Let’s debunk these myths and see how remote working can help you and your company to grow.
Myths To Get Rid Off and Embrace Remote Working by Employers
Myth 1: Part-time or remote workers actually don’t actually work
A common myth about remote working is that since the employees do not have to be in the office physically, they take advantage of this situation and do not make full use of their time and do not work as required.
Fact: This is a wrong belief. It is a must that a remote team worker has to complete and deliver his work on time, no matter where he is working. In fact, most of the remote workers, barring a few, work as much the same as in the office. If an employer has a doubt on this, the best solution is to set specific hours to get in touch with the worker for calls and discussions along with the entire team, and the remote employee giving the status of the work at specific intervals.
Myth 2: It is difficult to interact/communicate with remote workers
Most employers believe that communicating with remote workers is difficult as they can work anywhere they like to work. This becomes more difficult when the remote worker is in a different time zone.
Fact: But, the reality is that it is possible to communicate. The solution is that the remote workers should make it a point to communicate with their team lead/manager at least once a day as per a common time fixed between the two parties. Emails, texts, WhatsApp options are always available.
Myth 3: Productivity of remote workers is very less
Employers believe that when employees are not bound to report to the office, their productivity drops.
Fact: Again, this is a wrong belief. In fact, many workers who work from home are in a better position to perform better as they are away from office politics, they do not waste time by mingling with co-workers, and they work in a stress-free environment. They can manage their home duties as well as office work. Plus, they also save time by not commuting to the office. So, remote workers are bound to be productive. In fact, studies have shown that they can accomplish more in shorter periods of time
Myth 4: Disturbances affect remote workers
Employers believe that there are many disturbances when the employees work at home, because of family members and household works.
Fact: It is to be noted, working in an office space has its share of disturbances as well. Occasional visits of your colleagues to your cubicle, talkative co-workers, going out for breaks, and loud phone conversations are all distractions in an office environment. In fact, disturbances are less in a home environment when the remote worker sets up his own time to do office work only, organize the workplace the way it suits him, and requesting family members not to disturb him.
Myth 5: Remote working affects the company’s security
Employers often fear that their data could be at risk if there is the remote working model, where the workers work in an unsecured location.
Fact: In reality, with advanced technology, employers can set up virtual private networks (VPN) and two-factor authentication to enable remote working. This way, unauthorized users can’t access information on the system. So, no security is a stake with remote workers.
Myth 6: It becomes difficult to maintain office culture in remote working
Employers feel that with remote working, close bonding, employee engagement, and office culture cannot be maintained.
Fact: It is the duty of the employers to see that there is interaction with the remote workers so that close bonding with the company’s culture is maintained. As an employer, you can foster a spirit of belonging among remote workers. Make a point to invite remote workers once in a month to meet everyone physically in the office. Allow them to be part of employee engagement activities as and when these are organized, and so on.
To sum up
Remote working is here to stay. If employers and companies embrace remote working model, then there will be more employee retention, there will be more female participation, reducing gender diversity and more productivity. Studies have shown that employees who work remotely three to four days a week feel the most engaged in their jobs. So, it’s high time that these myths should be busted and employers embrace remote working.