WFH is Here to Stay. Do We Really Need Physical Offices Then?

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Remote working happened almost overnight for every company. Every organization had to switch to digital irrespective of their nature of operations. Having spent more than a year with coronavirus now and working digitally, organizations are facing a dilemma – do they really need physical offices?

Working-from-home model has seemed to work fairly well for many organizations. Contrary to the belief, many organizations witnessed achievements beyond their expectations. Now that they realized that working remotely isn’t what they initially assumed, they are thinking about exploring it more vividly. 

If mass homeworking can be successful – even during the middle of a pandemic – to great extents, why not fully capitalize on its benefits.

If your organization has also been thinking about making a permanent switch to WFH or rethinking the decision about going back to physical offices, this blog can help you.

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The answer is not very simple

Transition to WFH was not easy. HR managers and IT departments of millions of organizations worked long hours to make it possible. 

The responsibility to ensure flawless communication and collaboration between departments – while working remotely – comes with its own sets of challenges. Issues like unstable internet, cybersecurity threats, and low employee morale are at an all time high. Also, these are the three biggest challenges HR managers are dealing with right now.

Yes, these issues have existed in the past too. The thing is, finding their solution in a remote work setup becomes difficult. Even remote working seemed impossible, until the pandemic arrived and now everyone has comfortably switched to it.

Companies like Twitter and Adobe are, however helping remove such conceptions by taking a stance in WFH model. 

Let’s speak about productivity 

According to a study of 350 people at Microsoft Corp working remotely, “employees worked an average of four more hours a week, attended more (albeit shorter) meetings, and spent about 10% more time in meetings.”

“Business is booming,” says CEO of Symphony, a Goldman Sachs-backed financial chat tool.

Most business leaders have acknowledged that the WFH model has worked great for them. 

Is the workforce truly ready to “go back ”?

An even bigger question would be, “Are employees willing to go back after the pandemic is over?”

A survey by Cisco Systems Inc., revealed that most companies plan to shrink their offices and WFH permanent for a certain portion of employees. Another survey reports that a number of employees aren’t willing to go back to the office full time when it reopens.

Not everyone wants to say ‘goodbye’ to the physical office, but many employees are interested in working remotely full time.

Remote work is here to stay

Believe it or not, remote working is not going anywhere – and for a long time. 

CEO of Morgan Stanley says, “We’ve proven we can operate with no footprint. Can I see a future where part of every week, certainly part of every month, a lot of our employees will be at home? Absolutely.”

With the pandemic still not losing pace and new collaboration tools making WFH even more efficient, remote work can become a permanent choice for many companies – even the ones not in technology.

Whether or not your company needs a physical office is, therefore, a decision that cannot be taken promptly. Evaluate the pros and cons of both working models and choose the option that is easy, productive, and saves your organization from unwanted challenges. 

 

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