The use of teleworking is without a doubt one of the most visible effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Within a few weeks, many employees had to work from home and many were not really prepared. Over time, we will learn more about the implications of this new organization.
At first it seems that employees prefer to telework, as a large part of them still hope to benefit from it after the health crisis has ended. However, there are certain dangers involved in working at home. Stanford University economist Nicholas Bloom, for example, says he fears an explosion in inequalities between workers. Indeed, certain employees have difficulties in training and adversely affect their prospects for professional development.
A balance has to be found between work and personal life
Teleworking also fundamentally changes the relationships between employees in a company. This is precisely the subject of a recent study by Adobe in the US. It seems that 42% of employees think they know their colleagues better than they do in the office. This is especially true for parents, who for 60% of children feel closer.
This result may be surprising, but it actually makes sense. With video conference meetings, you can sometimes see the interiors of houses and a person’s privacy. Some colleagues were also able to sympathize with special professional messaging services.
Although they do not oppose teleworking, respondents express a slight fatigue with regard to video conferencing. Many of them also find that real-world meetings are much more productive than virtual meetings.
After all, employees try to strike a balance between personal and professional life, and more than half of them don’t check their emails until the work day has officially started.