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Since the start of the pandemic, more people than ever are working from home. It’s started to become expected if a business can legitimately offer it.
Is it going to stay, though?
Right now, a lot of big businesses are choosing to keep their employees at home throughout 2021. But they’ve not committed to working from home forever. And that’s because it isn’t always a viable option for the long-term.
Sure, there are plenty of freedoms to working from home for both employee and employer. However, there are always some who don’t do as much work as they do in the office, there are employers who would prefer to see their staff physically in an office, there are times jobs need to be done physically, and there are times employees would prefer an office-based job.
If you’re like me, you probably like working from home. There’s no way I’d ever want to go back to working in an office. There’s also little chance I’d ever want to go back to working for someone else and not myself.
But I know there are a lot of people who are the opposite. They want to be back in the office.
Why working from home isn’t permanent for all employers
Let’s be honest, employers think that those of us who work from home slack. They believe we’re not putting in the hours we would in an office.
I know plenty of people who believe that those who work from home do so while watching TV, or they get the chores done around the house.
Employers worry that they’re paying people to do nothing.
And that would be fine if it wasn’t for the majority of people getting on with their work. Most people, especially those in jobs they enjoy doing, are on the ball. And they’re probably putting more hours in while working from home.
But employers don’t see it, so they worry. They want their employees back in their buildings.
Not everyone wants to work from home
Then you have the issue of employees not wanting to work from home permanently.
Not everyone has an office space. Their computers are currently taking up space in the dining room or the living room. They’re not sat at a desk, so their bodies ache.
It’s harder to leave work behind when you work from home. If you don’t have a dedicated space and aren’t used to it, I can understand why you’d struggle to leave work with work. It creeps into your life and you feel like you don’t get a break.
And then there’s the costs of the electricity bills and the heating. These costs can add up, especially if you don’t normally spend a lot on a commute—and the audacity of some countries’ governments saying there should be an extra tax for those working from home!
So, people want to get back into the office. As soon as it’s possible, they’ll sign up to head back into work instead of doing it from their dining table.
It could be there for those who want it
But while working from home isn’t necessarily going to be around for everyone, it’s going to remain for some.
Those who have proven to be just as much, if not more, productive than they were in the office could have an argument to remain working from home. Those who have tried to negotiate this and proven that it works well now have an argument to keep the arrangement.
Then those who don’t want to work from home have the opportunity to go back.
This could open the door for more flexibility. That’s as long as employers are willing to offer it.
What do you think about working from home? Would you like it to stick around? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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