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WFH Myths Get Busted During the Pandemic

Some employers have been hesitant give up control of their charges but seeing a need for work/life balance, finally began to give in, offering “work from home Friday.” Nothing, however, prepared them for 100% remote work caused by the pandemic. What about productivity? Tech support? Connectivity? Teamwork and meetings?

MoneyTalkNews’ Jennifer Paris looked into the myths of remote work, where it was once thought productivity would be compromised by laziness, distractions, or household chores in the course of a workday. Studies have shown, however, that this perception is incorrect.“Having a micromanaging boss hover over you doesn’t mean that you’ll get more work done,” says Paris. “Instead, when goals are clearly communicated, workers know what is expected of them and feel empowered to perform to the best of their capabilities, whether they are in an office or not.”

Apart from having a fast internet connection, the only must-have items a remote worker really needs (in addition to their laptop or desktop computer), would be furniture, like an ergonomic chair and desk. As for interaction with bosses or co-workers, part of being a successful remote employee means sharing your schedule with your boss and co-workers, so people always know when you’re online and reachable and when you’re not. Of course, there’s also email, IM, and video chat to help you stay connected to your team and to enable clear communication, no matter where everyone’s located. If your job requires hands-on duties, remote work would, of course, not be possible. But literally, anything done from a desk can be done from home. Paperwork? It’s possible to restructure your workweek to have one day (or more) set aside for it to allow you to work from home.

No one said it would be a cakewalk working from home. In fact, some people are simply not suited for it or even want it. Those who are happier being around other people or need to have their bosses present in order to get work done have a tough time isolating themselves in their home offices or dining room table facing a computer screen. As for remote workers spending all day lounging about in their pajamas or sweats, top remote workers know that changing into regular clothing will signal a start to the workday and will help them feel more productive, according to Paris. “Dressing to impress in a work-from-home environment might not involve a business suit, but plenty of remote workers dress in business casual to prepare for a successful workday.”

While it may seem that working from home is a lonely venture void of human interaction throughout the day, many remote jobs are collaborative and require frequent interaction with co-workers via email, instant message, video chats, etc. They require employees to attend meetings, and some companies offer virtual social activities for remote employees as well.

Source: MoneyTalkNews, TBWS