Teleworking is the realization and provision of services outside the company, through the use of information and communication technologies, which can be provided at the employee's home, as well as at any other location outside the company.
“These days, it makes a lot more sense for the work to go to the workers and not the other way around”. - Jack Nilles, the “Father of teleworking”.
Is telecommuting a dream or a nightmare?
Working from home is not for everyone requires organization, discipline and constant motivation. Saying no to the “after I do” procrastination is critical.
For many, the fact that the boss is not constantly pressing and controlling is a dream, but for others, the lack of command often leads to low productivity and lack of motivation. Not all people adapt to not having a fixed schedule and lack of supervision.
It is therefore important to take into account certain characteristics before hiring an employee for that field. To work from home, the candidate must have self-motivation, discipline, creativity and an innovative spirit, the ability to socialize to avoid isolation, divide the family's work and understand certain addictions that can develop in this activity.
Advantages and disadvantages of teleworking for a company
Remote work has several advantages for an organization, such as increased productivity, reduced costs, organizational flexibility, increased quality and services provided to customers, the possibility of new business.
There are several studies that conclude that teleworking actually increases productivity by 30 to 60%. This is because, apparently, we take advantage of the time we spend traveling and see a reduction in stress levels among professionals.
Organizational flexibility is another point in favor, as, according to experts, teleworking makes decision processes faster.
Cost reduction is possibly the biggest and most important advantage of remote work for a company. It saves space, material resources and expenses with transportation, meals, accidents at work or absences for employees.
Although there are immense advantages, there are also some cons such as the difficulty in supervising the work, the risks associated with security, information protection, the weakening of ties between the team and resistance to change.
Advantages and disadvantages of teleworking for employees
The advantages of teleworking at the individual level are the reduction of costs, the improvement of quality of life, the reduction of commuting between home and work, the increase in job opportunities, the increase in satisfaction and motivation and the improvement in productivity and in creativity.
The disadvantages are social and professional isolation, security in the work environment, stress and physical problems, family conflicts and extension of the workday.
It is therefore necessary to manage time well. If you are having difficulty adapting to teleworking, here are some tips to help you.
Tips to stay productive
1.Choose a space in the house just for work - by avoiding working in a leisure area, we receive a boost of motivation to work whenever we are in that area. In this way, it is also easier to separate professional and personal life.
2.Create schedules - set your schedule well to avoid that “only 5 minute” break and we’re not back anymore productive. However, you can choose to make the schedules to be productive for you, inserting breaks at the right times with the right time.
3. Communicate frequently with the team - communication is essential to the success of a remote team. You need to be more proactive to answer questions or ask for information.
4. Maintain human connection - being at home, there are fewer opportunities to socialize with co-workers and thus strengthen the connection. We must create a space to have informal conversations, in order to increase contact with the other members of the team.