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Remote working before and after Covid-19 pandemic

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 July 2022 – Remote working has been on the rise since the outbreak of the pandemic. Remote working involves working from home or in any other remote area without accessing the physical location of the company.

There are several reasons that led to adoption of remote working by companies during the pandemic period ranging from small to big businesses to continue company operations and to comply with government regulations on restriction of movement. Due to this, several companies adopted remote working with the practice seeming to increase over time even in the endemic phase of Covid-19.

Remote working has led to several implications and effects in the organization to make it fit and suitable. Majorly, remote working has led to various benefits in the company than disadvantages.

The figure below shows the difference in adoption of remote working before and after Covid-19 pandemic in USA.

The figure below shows the difference in adoption of remote working before and after Covid-19 pandemic in USA.

Remote working has led to a flexible working environment in the company. Employees do not need to physically access the company premises to do their job.Therefore, according to Journal of Management & Organization on forced flexibility and remote working, opportunities and challenges in the new normal, they can do multiple jobs remotely from their homes to earn more income rather than being restricted to only one job.

This implies that employees are flexible in performing any job at their own time and can switch to other jobs in the industry. It can be considered as the best advantage of remote working in the business market because achieving flexibility in an organization is one of the hardest thing that a company can offer. However, since recent studies has shown that remote working do not decrease the level of productivity of an employee, but in fact increases it more companies now prefer remote working.

Reduction in operational cost of the company is another reason why several companies are adopting remote working. Few employees access the company premises when only the job requires physical presence in the company while others work remotely.

This means that several office space and offices will not be used by employees and the company can lease them out or use them for other productive purposes. Some utilities such as electricity and water are also reduced in the company since majority of employees are working from home. It enables the company to maximize their profits while at the same time they minimize their operational cost, making them to have a competitive edge over other companies.

The figure below shows the percentage of people undertaking remote working in USA.

The figure below shows the percentage of people undertaking remote working in USA

Remote working appears to have several advantages from the analysis. However, it also promotes divided loyalty because a worker can get more than one job from different factories, making it hard to decide on which company to focus on. A worker can lose focus on one company and concentrate on another.

According to Journal Applied Psychology on achieving remote working during the Covid-19 pandemic, a work design perspective, it has led to development of new job designs, which can be expensive to be implemented in the organization. However, remote working has proven to be more advantageous than the disadvantages it possesses.

Therefore, various companies should innovate ways which they can use in promoting remote working other than encouraging physical presence of their employees in the organization.–THE MALAYA POST

 

 

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