The home office is here to stay, find out how and why this modality of work has become the preferred one for many companies and collaborators.
Like other aspects derived from the use and evolution of technology, the home office was used before the pandemic. However, in the midst of the chaos experienced in 2020 in the face of the health emergency, working from home was the solution for some companies to continue operating. At the same time, it was a lifeline for at least part of the working population not to lose their jobs.
In fact, the International Labor Organization estimated that 23 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean carried out their work activities from home in the second quarter of 2020. This means that between 20% and 30% of employees were able to continue with their jobs. What is most interesting is that there is a huge increase in the implementation of home office compared to 3% before the pandemic.
Is home office for everyone?
Evidently, remote work is not possible for all industry sectors nor for all job profiles. In this sense, a study conducted by CompuTrabajo reveals that among the companies whose structures are not adapted to this scheme are framed in the areas of hospitality, manufacturing and transportation, as well as some branches of trade and service.
However, finance and financial technology companies are the best fit with the home office model. Similarly, remote work can be applied in some departments of other types of organizations or could be performed by certain profiles such as Human Resources and Marketing, as well as administrative positions.
There are even companies that have returned to face-to-face work, but only half-heartedly. For example, through a study conducted by Mercer in Colombia, 70% of managers confirmed that they would maintain hybrid schemes by 2022.
There is also the possibility of hiring professionals by service, who work independently without establishing a direct working relationship with the company but as a supplier-client. People who work in this way are known as freelancers.
Interesting facts about the home office
At the beginning of the second quarter of 2021 Forbes published data that reflected the reality of the home office in Mexico at that time. The research was conducted by the auditing firm KPMG and clearly shows what is expected in this area by 2022.
- 6 out of 10 companies have taken into account in their planning to maintain the home office scheme after the pandemic.
- 40% of companies estimate that between 26% and 50% of their employees will continue to work remotely.
- 91% foresee that their workers will remain working remotely at least two days a week.
- 85% of companies say that productivity has been maintained or increased.
- 91% of employees would adopt the home office after the pandemic, working remotely more than %40 of the time.
- 82% of remote workers claim that work teams maintained or improved communication.
- 73% of employees believe there needs to be a cultural change in terms of respecting working hours.
- 58% believe that it is necessary to improve their own time management and 56% say that work encroaches on their personal lives.
- 77% of companies believe that 50% of their workforce requires training in the use of new technologies.
Advantages and challenges of home office
The home office work modality offers multiple advantages by allowing workers to perform their duties without being physically present in the company’s facilities. However, it should not be ignored that certain challenges must be overcome for the result to be successful.
The benefits of the home office are for both the company and the worker, including the environment. One of the advantages is that it reduces the psychosocial risk in terms of work stress, toxic environments and transportation insecurity. Additionally, there is a reduction in costs for the company and less environmental impact by avoiding carbon dioxide emissions during transportation.
The implementation of telework brings with it challenges related to investment in digital tools and equipment. In addition to this, it is necessary to take into account the training required by the workforce for the use of new technologies. Other aspects to consider are information security, time management and leadership.
Finally, after the chaos, the uncertainty, the adaptation to change and the learning that the pandemic brought, companies and their employees have shown that they prefer the home office as much as possible. It all translates into greater productivity for organizations and greater well-being for their workers.
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