Post-covid World: Combining your Home and Office Workspaces isn’t a Bad Idea.

Introduction

The pandemic was a sensitive period. It ushered in a new corporate movement. One that has now encouraged shuffling both office and home workspaces for official transactions. This is because covid was a diplomatic period that facilitated the need for employees to work in their homes so as to curb the spread of the virus. Hence, employees continued their businesses remotely and reported all corporate activities from the home. This continued all through the “Covid period”.

Results of the Post-covid Era

Stirring into the post-covid era, the world streamed into a more acceptable innovation of creating a synergy between working in the home and office. Hence, this innovation has led to employees having to devise a strategic means of working in a less controlled environment, as well as maximizing their potentials with little supervision.  This idea of shuffling between the home and workspace brought about the Big 5:

1. Regulating Productivity

According to research, the productivity level of organizations increased by about 5% after sticking to the 50:50 office and remote working rule. This happened because employees were able to expand their streams of consciousness outside the confines of the 9-5 work hours and this, in turn, generated a wealth of ideas that were spurred into productivity.  Hence employees were able to build capacity to do more work while adding the color of creativity and innovations to their jobs.

2. Work-Life Balance

With the introduction of working from both office and the home, employees could effortlessly create a balance between work and social or personal developments. They could engage in extracurricular activities and provide some time for their personal lives. According to research, having a decent work-life balance could boost the chances of becoming more productive in a corporate environment.

3. Reduction of Loose Costs

In a way, it is financially wise and cost-effective to have employees rotate working from home and the office. For the organization, it is cheaper to have employees come often to the workplace than every day. This is because these businesses run on enormous costs daily in order to see to the affairs of the employees, as well as the day-to-day activities of the workplace. An average organization spends a large amount of its income in running the physical structure of the organization, as well as seeing to the corporate welfare of its employees. Hence, the idea of combining both home and office workspaces would reduce costs drastically, as much money need not be spent to consistently run the organization.

4. Infusion of Tech into the Corporate System

In the actual sense, the advent of covid made life a bit easier as technology relieved employees of stress and replaced so many corporate activities.  So, software and tools are currently being used for conferencing, employee evaluation, management, and execution of tasks. In a tech-savvy world like this, tasks have become really interesting to indulge in, and very seamless to execute. Technology is really the future.

5. Corporate Restructuring

The post-covid era has brought about firms modifying their organizational system, and recognizing more ways to make profits. Also, it is an effective metric of critically evaluating the company, and repositioning it to meet the current and future needs of employees and clients.

Pros of combining Home and Office Workspaces

Although, there are flip sides to opting for this combination, as it could affect the already laid down standards or organization ethics; but. here are some reasons why combining home and office workspaces is not a bad idea in its entirety:

1. Flexibility

Working from home gives room for so much flexibility since one is not restricted to the office. structures and processes. Hence, employees can be more flexible in their, job and adapt to newer methods of increasing productivity levels.

2. Employee Motivation

Spending time at home and at the office at strategic points could be a source of employee motivation. With an understanding that there is a level of flexibility in the work structure, it could be a source of motivation for them to think outside the box, and apply creativity in their work, especially when they work from the comfort of their homes. There is ample time to be innovative and do things differently.

3. Improved Staff Health & Wellbeing

A healthy employee would definitely make an efficient employee. Before the advent of covid, Employee health has always been at a relatively low consideration. This is because most employees were not given ample time to take charge of their health. The post-covid period has given employees more time to take care of their health and get health advantages like going for regular checkups, exercising, or resting.

4. Convenience

It is very convenient to combine both home and office workspaces as it is not as strenuous as going to the office daily. Also, remember that an employee is less likely to suffer from burnout if the number of office days is reduced.

5. Financial Benefits

This is one of the advantages of combining working from home and working in the office. It saves costs for both employees and the organization. Also, extra allowances (for data and others) are being covered by some organizations. On the part of organizations, it is very cost-effective for employees to work from home as it saves them from incurring extra costs used in running the daily activities of the organization.

6. No need for ‘Off’ Days

There is absolutely no need to grant employees sick leaves or absent days. They spend a part of the week working from home. Hence, it is very easy to attend to personal and emergency needs as at when due.

Conclusion

The world is constantly changing! Events keep unfolding and we sincerely do not know what the future holds for us. However, the onus lies in us to make deliberate efforts in welcoming innovations and creativity that surfaces along the way in our corporate journey. They are simply designed to make life easier and the world a better place to live in.

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