Employee development will suffer due to the prolonged shift from working from home caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but most companies agree remote working is here to stay, according to one Global CoreNet investigation.
A survey of nearly 300 CoreNet members – employees whose workplaces ranged from real estate companies to tenant businesses – found that 73% believe the extended work-from-home culture will end up hurting employee development. The majority of employees surveyed, 56%, also reported fear of “unconscious bias” from their bosses if they chose not to return to the office.
“Many companies think about employee engagement” Necklaces International‘s Sheena gohil, said the president of the New York chapter of CoreNet. “How to make it inclusive once there is a component in the office? “
Despite the challenges, 62% of attendees said they could create an “engaging company culture,” even if employees spend the day working from their dining room tables. However, Gohil said members of CoreNet said it was much more difficult to do this than when they were in the office.
CoreNet’s survey isn’t the first to show that the long-term experience of working from home could have drawbacks. While companies raved about the success of remote working, a report from Vocon in september, employers began to see a drop in productivity as work-from-home fatigue began to set in.
CoreNet’s survey yielded similar results, with 20% saying they were working too remotely and 39% saying they felt tired during this time, but this was mainly due to COVID-19. Only eight percent said they were happier working from home.
Regardless of some of the downsides, the majority of CoreNet survey participants reported that remote working does not go the way to sleep every time the coronavirus pandemic subsides.
“There’s going to be some level of hybrid desktop and remote working,” Gohil said. “There is a place for remote working – there was already a place – and some of these companies are thinking about how to scale it up and improve it. “
The survey found that 51% would continue to work remotely, but only if they had an in-person “hub” to visit regularly. Another 33% said they would continue as long as it didn’t impact their pay, and the majority of participants said flexibility was the biggest benefit of working remotely.
And it’s not just employees who expect homework to continue. All participants said their companies will have a significant remote work policy after COVID-19, with 78% saying the programs have already been put in place.
One thing that has become clear is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for a remote working policy, and companies are in the process of deciding what is best for them, said Katie koncar, Senior Partner for Workplace Strategy and Corporate Real Estate at EY, and one of the organizers of the CoreNet event.
“We’re not going to work from home forever,” Koncar said. “Everyone is just trying to find the right balance. “