The benefits of teleworking are numerous. This work modality has saved the continuity of many businesses, allowing them to save costs and protect their work teams. It has facilitated work-life balance, flexible schedules, and talent retention. In fact, one of the risks of not evolving towards remote work is losing talent and opportunities.
However, no modality is perfect, especially when not managed properly and with the right tools, so this time we explain the advantages and disadvantages of teleworking.
Benefits of teleworking for companies
Teleworking benefits workers, as well as companies and public administrations. In fact, the Spanish Government, thanks to an agreement reached with the workers’ union (CSIF), recently approved that state employees could telework up to 3 days a week. Let’s explore the main advantages of this highly demanded modality:
More satisfied and productive employees
A satisfied employee is one who wants to stay in the company, fit in profitably, and possibly grow. A more productive, effective, and efficient employee is a valuable and useful resource for the company.
Increase in digital skills
Teleworking boosted the use of technological tools, generating a significant increase in employees’ digital skills, through the use of tools and software for process resolution, time management, and goal achievement.
More efficient flows
Thanks to digital transformation, which boosted teleworking, processes and workflows have experienced significant improvement, becoming much simpler, immediate, and efficient.
More or less directly, during teleworking, an employee represents a saving for the company: travel, facilities, electricity, among other services that reduce their cost. It even offers the possibility for the company to decide to move to a smaller place whose rent costs less: one more saving.
Additionally, it contributes to environmental protection by reducing travel in public transport or automobiles.
Promotes work-life balance
Well-managed teleworking undoubtedly facilitates time organization, allowing for improved integration of work and personal life.
Improves work among multidisciplinary and global teams
It doesn’t matter where your collaborators are and when they connect. The digital tools, needed by teleworking for its optimal development, facilitate the management of people, times, and projects remotely effectively.
Promotes self-management and work autonomy
As a flexible work modality, it provides employees with extra training in self-management, with which they learn to optimize the time they dedicate to each task and project, which also serves them in their personal sphere.
Additionally, it improves the professional’s motivation and relationship, as well as their commitment to the organization.
Disadvantages of teleworking
While teleworking has numerous benefits, it also presents some disadvantages, or rather disadvantages, that can be managed by adopting good internal practices; guiding the work of all employees, offering the best tools and equipment, as well as continuous improvement plans and training, in this way the company will benefit exclusively from the advantages of this modality. Let’s see the main disadvantages:
Trust and perception of loss of control
This remains a significant obstacle for many companies, with a significant number of employers reluctant to monitor their staff.
In practice, there are companies that are willing to accept change and try a different work style, but others that remain immovable and prefer to monitor their employees.
However, the employer must trust their staff and adopt a measurement system that allows proper monitoring of performance, productivity level, and goal achievement. The employee must show discipline and work as they would in a normal office environment.
Imbalance in personal and work time management
The difficulty in maintaining a correct balance between work and personal life is one of the most common drawbacks during the development of teleworking.
This imbalance can lead to syndromes such as burnout or techno-stress. To avoid them, it is advisable to adopt measures and systems that optimize time management and implement rules to guarantee digital disconnection and favor the employee’s health as well as conciliation.
Feeling of Isolation Towards the Organization
Not attending the office daily can generate a sense of disconnection and distance, especially if you do not have the right communication tools.
Keeping teams connected is essential for teleworking to be effective and efficient. Generating follow-up meetings, planning activities for periods of time, and having a digital means of communication is the key to avoiding the feeling of isolation.
All the disadvantages mentioned can be solved with the use of dedicated tools and software.
It has been proven that professionals increase their motivation by using innovative digital tools that allow them to interact effectively at a distance, with a positive impact on their performance.
“Having the right technological tools to develop our work from anywhere and in any situation, alone or in a team, is a reality within reach of all companies today. However, there is a large part that is still unaware of these benefits and continues to associate presence with productivity. When this happens, in the end, it takes its toll because the storm surprises you unprepared,” concludes Pons.
However, it is important to highlight that there are a series of bad habits that can jeopardize the productivity and performance of employees during teleworking.
Manage teleworking better
Teleworking is an increasingly present reality and demanded by professionals, so to know how to manage it in the best way, we provide you with some guidelines and good emotional and work practices that you can adopt and recommend to your work team, for more effective results:
- Organize the first days immediately, to deal with possible pending tasks and free up time for new projects.
- Maintain the workspace. Distribute physical elements that help with organization efficiently and choose the best work tools, both physical and technological, needed to carry out the activity.
- Plan the work. To increase our efficiency and productivity.
- Optimize time management and prioritize tasks that are most important to achieve the goals set, both individually and as a team. Using time management software can be of great help in organizing the daily agenda.
- Maintain a healthy life. With teleworking, it is usually easier to respect more regular meal and sleep schedules. Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle and increasing physical activity will improve health, emotional well-being, and concentration capacity.
- Improve self-discipline both in schedules and in the functions to be developed. Stay firm in work schedules and clearly separate work life and leisure so that disconnection is real. During the workday, try to avoid invasions of emails, calls, WhatsApp messages, and time thieves that will delay our tasks and goals.
- Contact colleagues regularly and not only for work matters, this will keep away the feeling of isolation that we may suffer at certain times. Likewise, taking care of our social life will provide the perfect balance.
Companies are redefining their work modalities and presenteeism is running out, while teleworking is gaining ground. A natural advance towards an optimized system that enhances the development of professional activity and requires technological tools for efficient employee, team, and project management.