Remote work used to be something that most employers hardly considered. The logic behind that mindset was that working remotely would negatively impact productivity and workplace relationships among employees. Now, as a result of current circumstances, employers who were previously resistant to this change have found themselves adopting new policies to accommodate for it in some way. For many, this shift represented a worry: How would their companies manage to maintain their output if all their employees weren't able to work and interact within the same space?
On the other hand, technologists have mostly been pro-remote work for years now. They believe that giving employees the space to work from the comfort of their homes or anywhere else makes it easier for them to get the job done. It cuts commute time and allows for easy collaboration within the cloud. So, this current situation provides ample opportunity for us to observe the reaction of employees to remote work and their productivity levels.
Business leaders across the country are curious about the effects of the pandemic on the general work population. So,
Thankfully, Dice has conducted a survey of people working within the technology industry to see how the pandemic has shifted their mindset towards remote work. Here are a few major takeaways from the data provided:
Most Employees Prefer Working Remotely
Given a choice, most employees would prefer to work remotely, with a majority of those surveyed preferring to have a hybrid work setting where they get to be in the office for some days and stay at home for others. A preferable option for those with families or a need to be on-site for better resources.
The Pandemic Has Changed What People Consider To Be Important
The survey shows that being able to work remotely and maintain job security are the two major priorities for employees. It tracks with the high unemployment rate and the concerns about health and safety from the general public. It's also interesting to note that the top 5 concerns are items that directly affect an employee's standard of living and quality of life.
Employees In The Tech Industry Maintain That Working Remotely Doesn't Affect Their Work
Technologists don't see a problem with working remotely. Quite the opposite, in fact. Most employees maintain that the ability to handle things at their own pace and according to their own schedule increases the likelihood of getting their work done. Plus, with the ability to communicate with coworkers over video conferencing apps like Zoom and GoToWebinar, you're only ever on call away from connecting with your coworkers.
Taking Advantage Of The New Normal
Given the current scenario, the most important thing for companies to do is to get on the wave as early as possible. Like it or not, remote work will be here for a long time. So it needs to be a part of your reopening strategy.
For a more detailed view on this, GDI Infotech is hosting a webinar with two CIO 100 award winning industry leaders: David Behen, Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at La-Z-Boy Inc. and Raman Mehta, CIO of Visteon Corporation. They'll be sharing the lessons they've learned on reopening strategies and remote work at their respective companies.
You can sign up for the webinar on September 22nd by submitting the form below.
Hope to see you there!