Remote work isn’t just a trend: it’s here to stay. For better or for worse, companies are currently embracing remote work capabilities to maintain the health and safety of their workers and customers and keep business going. Whether this is a temporary solution or one you’re considering offering on a permanent basis, it’s important to understand the psychological implications it can have on your employees.
So far, remote work’s biggest claims to fame are its ability to boost productivity, employee satisfaction, and talent selection and retention, and reduce office overhead. However, there’s another — often darker — side to remote work that is rarely discussed.
For example, remote workers who are working from home on a regular basis may find it hard to feel connected with others (or your company). They may not have the soft skills it takes to succeed at home, such as being a self-starter or being resourceful when they have questions. They may also struggle to keep their work and home lives separate, which can make a negative impact on the employee and their family.
Companies who are investing in the future of remote work should understand the good and the bad that come with the territory. Here are few of the most important psychological impacts to consider.Read more.