Working On-site Vs Working Remote : Pros and Cons!
Ever since the pandemic upended how workplaces operate, employees settled into working remotely. Now, as organizations reimagine workspaces, employees are unwilling to stuff the genie back into the bottle right away. Today, the phrase “return to offices” doesn’t encapsulate how onsite operations will look in the coming future. Enter a hybrid workplace, a flexible work setup that combines the work-from-home and office work arrangement. In the post-pandemic work scenario, nine out of ten organizations envision a hybrid work model going forward. They plan to club on-premises work and remote working, reports a McKinsey survey of executives across industries worldwide. Let us understand the new normal of work by comparing the different models of work. 📌On-site work: Working at a location, a worksite or an office can provide a unified experience for the entire workforce. This can foster a physical sense of awareness, discipline, and unity. Most of us are familiar with this type of work as the set standard. While some people exclusively prefer on-site work, there are others who find remote work more advantageous. Each type of work has its own pros and cons. ✅Pros: 1️⃣Less distractions from family affairs. 2️⃣More communication and interaction with colleagues Cohesive organizational culture which fosters a sense of purpose. 3️⃣Access to company assets, facilities, and equipment. 4️⃣Common structured routine that enables discipline and productivity. ✅Cons: 1️⃣Stressful, costly and lengthy commute times. 2️⃣Increased overheads for the organization. 3️⃣Higher energy costs for the organization and individual. 4️⃣Frequent distractions from colleagues and coworkers. 5️⃣An exclusive business ecosystem that some may find unfavorable. While on-site work is slowly phasing out in various industries, there is still a large proportion of workers who are required to be on-site to perform certain tasks and functions of the business. Digital disruption will benefit the companies investing in developing technologies to automate strenuous processes. 📌Remote work: Digital innovation has introduced digital workplaces, which highlights a lot of drawbacks of on-site workplace models. With the rise of technology, it became easier for people to work and collaborate remotely. Remote work is gaining prominence in numerous industries across various business verticals. ✅Pros: 1️⃣Higher levels of productivity Freedom to work anywhere and at anytime 2️⃣Save time and costs on commute 3️⃣More family time and personal time 4️⃣Less distractions from coworkers 5️⃣Virtual collaboration ✅Cons: 1️⃣Social isolation and related problems 2️⃣Lack of interaction with the outside world 3️⃣Often result in communication gaps between teams Remote work trends picked up during the global pandemic of COVID-19, where many companies introduced remote work practices and policies. ✅The Bottom Line: The return from remote work is ripe with innovation potential as employers reimagine how and where work gets done. However, adopting hybrid workplaces will not fix the umpteen workplace challenges. A hybrid workspace supersedes multiple shortcomings of remote and onsite work arrangements. This is why organizations can make the most by empowering their employees with the right tools.