Distance work has become a much more common term
The trend has gained popularity
especially for large multinational companies that want to offer more flexible work options
to a new generation of digital, modern employees.
In Singapore, workers and employers have warmed up equally
on the potential benefits of this new paradigm, so that 63 percent of those surveyed were surveyed in a 2018 study
Singapore employees worked outside the office at least once a week.
Remote work, for example, was welcome
Change for working mothers and fathers who want to spend more time with theirs
Families without having to compromise on career advancement.
However, remote working is very likely
will become the norm in the near future as companies recognize their benefits, such as:
Attract and retain talent, cut and give office rent costs
Business owners have the flexibility to add value to teams regardless
All of this makes teleworking sound great, but is that it? Opinions about whether people work better in the distance or in an office environment are still divided.
Remote working sounds like a dream, but is it?
The skepticism is not unfounded, because let's be
Really, every coin always has two sides.
I had a few chances to try Remote
Work, which turned out to be useful when I had something to do at home, or
just needed a change in the environment.
Personally, I like the idea that work doesn't work
just have to be confined to the office and that I can be free to do mine
Duties from somewhere else.
However, there are some disadvantages to being physically gone:
I feel disconnected
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An obvious challenge is the inconvenience, though
It's about communication and collaboration on projects.
If you need to get your colleagues under control,
You can't just look for them at your desk or go to a meeting room
Sometimes clear communication is hampered if we can only rely on emails and text messages instead of getting personal answers right away.
Separating ourselves from our colleagues can also lead to a feeling of isolation. The loneliness that comes with remote work, along with this growing trend, is a serious problem on the rise.
Apart from communication problems in professional matters, remote employees feel excluded from the human connection if they miss the little things like lunchtime conversations and spontaneous celebrations.
Whether working from home, a cafe or a
Coworking space can slow you down
Distractions if you feel too
It also takes more
Self-motivation so as not to be distracted by the lack of superiors or
For some people who work from home to be closer
It can actually be a double-edged sword for the family. Be in constant contact
with your children or parents, the boundaries between work and life can be blurred.
Instead of effectively dividing your time into both, you can disrupt your workflow by taking care of family members as needed. This allows you to work longer to compensate for this and take time that was intended for the family.
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Speaking of longer hours, a major
The difficulty with remote working is the inability to pull the plug after the working day
done. In a study from 2019, remote employees said it was that
biggest fight they faced.
There is no structure to follow
Lunch when everyone goes out for lunch or stops at 6:00 p.m. – sort these habits
from simply fading.
Perhaps to prove our sense of responsibility
it is too hard to work outside the office. So we tend to
Go ahead, push our lunch back, and do more overtime
as if we were working in the office.
If there is no particular place where you go to work, wherever you are (including your bed), it becomes a "work place".
What makes remote working a great option?
Despite the limitations above, there are many other reasons why remote working is still a great option. Here are some of its advantages:
Flexibility and balance
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Mostly with remote work, employees
are unleashed from 9 to 5, and fulfilling their tasks becomes more
important than when you sit down and work on it.
Probably one of the biggest plus points is that this is
puts control in your hands. You have the option to plan your own schedule
and maximize your time the way it works best for you. You can create one
Optimal work environment that really helps you get into the zone.
If you have other personal obligations
Living, remote working allows you to take more flexible arrangements, so that
You can achieve excellent performance in your profession without endangering your personal life.
For example, doing things like a doctor's appointment, picking up kids from school, or going to the gym becomes much easier if your free time isn't limited to nights and weekends.
Although productivity is in remote work
sometimes discussed, there are a number of factors that suggest this
contributes to increasing productivity.
There are fewer interruptions from employees,
Lower noise levels, shorter meetings and minimal stress from the stressful office
Politics. For many people, the office is not where they do their best
Employers may find that people's freedom to control their own schedules can lead to happier and more motivated workers who regularly do better quality work.
Save time and money
When crowded trains or traffic jams put a damper on
On your morning hours before going to work, you can stop your daily commuting
actually reduce some stress.
Remote workers save a lot of time commuting, or may not need to commute at all when working from home. Regardless of whether you use this extra time to rest or work, everything is better than two hours a day if you get stuck in transit.
This also reduces your spending on public transportation, petrol and parking. In addition, remote workers can spend less on other costs such as daily lunch and childcare for working parents.
Compensate for problems with a little help
When people become more modern and
The flexible concept of a workplace, remote working, is a trend that is here
to stay with the potential to offer employees a better work-life balance
If you want to ask your boss
flexible working arrangements, there are solutions that use innovative technology
to help teams work smoothly as if they were in the office.
Lark offers a range of collaboration tools that
are designed to address the challenges that remote work teams face on a regular basis
Many teams already rely on an array tool
Get things done with group chats, team calendars, documents and cloud storage as
the most common functions. At Lark, such tools are completely connected to each other on a
One platform to keep everyone in sync at all times.
There is a big roadblock to this communication
Lark often feels disconnected online and makes it easy to start a conversation with
For example, when you are working on a document
If you check the team's availability on a shared calendar, it can be a chat or a call
initiated directly from where you are on the platform.
When someone sends a message to team chat, they say so
cannot make it for an upcoming meeting, a shared calendar can be called up directly
there in the chat to reschedule plans.
While there is a good handful of productivity
Lark is committed to providing users with the best
All around experience in workplace productivity, and their commitment to it is
everything in detail.
Well thought-out functions such as marking
other documents on the lines of your document for easy reference or submission
"Urgent" messages to quickly grab a person's attention make a big difference
for a team that doesn't work face to face.
Another potential problem with remote working
Teams is that members can be spread across different regions and face a
Lark solves this problem with an approach that is based on machine learning and uses an ever-evolving set of NLP (Natural Language Processing) libraries to offer real-time translations in app and in-doc for over a hundred languages.
With the help of such solutions, companies and employees can enjoy the advantages of remote working with less friction.
Would you like to start your distance working trip? Lark offers a free full version of its collaboration suite when you register online. Click here to learn more.
This article was written in collaboration with Lark.
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