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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Love

Working remotely or remotely working?

This week’s progressive practice is all about employers and employees alike getting creative when it comes to remote working.

With the Christmas / NY break now in our rear-view mirror, organisations are turning their focus on how to get more employees back into their offices, and employees are pushing back.

As many of us know, during the pandemic most of the workers that could worked from home. This has challenged the age-old belief that being in the office is the way to get the most productivity out of people, with most organisations stating that enabling employees to work from home during this period didn’t have an adverse effect on productivity, despite the unprecedented events happening around us.

Now that community transmission of COVID and much of the risk has been lowered, employers are now looking at ways to get people back into the office, but employees are wanting to keep their time working from home.

For employers, the cost of running empty offices is waste, and for employees, time, energy, and money spent on childcare arrangements, putting on makeup, dressing up, and commuting when they can work from home can also be waste.

As a way to encourage employees to get back into the office, some employers are starting to get creative, including California-based Internet Brands whose video informing employees their expectations about returning to the office went viral this week.

Employees are also getting creative in a way to maintain working from home. One NZ is in the process of changing their work from home policy for Contact Centre employees from 2 days a week to 3, which has initiated a creative approach to industrial action, with employees working from home for a fortnight.

Employee expectations to work from home are only going to continue being a sought-after benefit, with job sites like Seek and LinkedIn including a new search option in the last two years to search for remote jobs only. This will also be perpetuated with more Gen Z’s entering the workforce, with research by workplace training company TalentLMS showing 74% want to work remotely.

What does your work from home policy consist of at your workplace? Are you encouraging employees to return to the office or planning to enable remote working? I'd love to know!

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Working remotely or remotely working?

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