The hellacious traffic in Metro Manila, coupled with the increased risk of disasters, has fueled talks for companies to implement a work from home scheme. This scheme would work to the benefit of employees. However, does this scheme also work in the best interest of companies?
In recent years, the work from home scheme has attracted the attention of companies seeking to improve their operational efficiency. The IWG Flexible Working Survey confirmed the recognition of Philippine companies that moving away from the traditional office schedule of 8 AM to 5 PM would be better for their business.
There are good reasons for companies to consider implementing remote working arrangements.
Implementing a work from home scheme allows companies to reduce their overhead expenditures. Companies are spared from incurring costs for office supplies, toiletries and snacks. Companies are also able to save on costs intended for office-keeping and maintenance.
A well-established work from home scheme can facilitate increased job satisfaction, increased productivity, improved employee morale and reduced employee turnover. Hence, a significant drop in attrition would likely lead to reduced costs for advertising and training of new hires.
However, there are also reasons for certain companies to be skeptical about this scheme.
Employee productivity often suffers with the lack of human intervention. Due to distractions and personal issues, some work from home employees find it hard to motivate themselves without a face-to-face pep talk from their bosses. Some employees also don’t operate well without the pressure coming from a ‘pressure’ environment.
In addition, the remote access requirements of work from home employees may create security concerns for the company’s computer systems. To ensure the security of information, companies will be forced to invest in expensive software and technology to ensure their data are protected from leakage.
The work from home scheme is not suited for all industries. Hence, baselining and piloting must be undertaken by companies to determine its viability to their business model.
Once a decision has been made to shift, a well phased transition must be implemented to ensure that office manpower and technology can cope and thrive under this setup. This strategy allows companies, at any point, to determine whether a partial or full transition to a remote working environment would be beneficial or not.
Ultimately, the choice for a company on whether to pursue the transition to a work from home scheme or not depends on:
- Financial Capability of the Company
- Availability of technology for the shift
- Adaptability of employees for transition
There is nothing wrong with taking a calculated risk. However, without due diligence, a sudden shift may lead to undesirable outcomes.
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