Keep your remote employees safe, productive, and engaged this winter with these safety best practices.
For millions of employees around the world, the beginning and end of each workday are now less about the hours spent at home vs the office and more about how each person decides to balance time thinking about their personal or professional lives. The once familiar ritual of a morning and evening commute spent fighting against traffic congestion or jockeying for a seat on the subway has been condensed to a quick jaunt down the hallway to a kitchen table or converted bedroom with a makeshift desk. Welcome to the era of remote work.
Remote Employees Safety
With employees now dispersed across hundreds—if not thousands—of home offices, employers are wrestling with a new set of questions related to keeping people safe, establishing healthy work-life balance, and ensuring business continuity. Additionally, as portions of the country brace for typical winter challenges—from severe weather and power outages to seasonal affective disorder—people leaders are asking themselves how to best meet duty of care responsibilities and stay connected with employees during a winter unlike any other in history.
In this post, we’ll further explore the rise of remote work, current sentiment from employees, and long-term implications for organizations and leaders responsible for the safety of their people as we navigate the winter season.
The Rapid Rise of Remote Work
Given the year we’ve just experienced, it’s easy to forget that in the not-so-distant past, fully-remote employees were an anomaly. In fact, before the pandemic, fully-remote jobs were typically reserved for self-employed individuals, gig economy workers, and a few forward-thinking companies built around the concept of ‘work from anywhere’ distributed teams.
As recently as 2018, research conducted by Global Workplace Analytics found that only 5 million employees—or roughly 3.6 percent of the U.S. workforce—worked from home more than half of the time. While remote work has grown in recent years and the study also found that 43 percent of employees worked remotely at least some of the time, it’s clear that the vast majority of employees were ill-prepared for the overnight transition to a fully-remote workplace.
Nearly a year after the pandemic forced employers to shut down non-essential facilities in order to keep people safe from the virus, remote work now looks like it’s here to stay with some companies appointing chief “remote working officers” to manage remote workers full time. – Read more
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