1. No control
It requires a lot of trust. You can't control how many hours your employees actually work and how serious they are about it. Of course you can check the results, but you get no impression of the working style.
2. Communication suffers
Communication via emails often leads to misunderstandings and therefore more work and frustration. Also, it just takes more time to send thousands of emails instead of just talking to each other in real life for two minutes.
3. Distraction is everywhere
There is so much food in the fridge, plants to water and the comfy bed only about 10 meters away - and no pressure to resist. Working remote needs lots of discipline, not only because there are distractions everywhere but there are no
people and superiors who can see one being lazy. Furthermore, seeing other employees work is motivating itself. Or even to just pretend to be leads to real work.
4. Worse teamwork
Today there are technical solutions like TeamViewer and Slack that bring remote workers together, but it is still not the same as seeing someone in person. It is impossible to drink a beer after work and get a real connection. Team colleagues
often become close friends because they spend a lot of time together and often have the same interests. That is a real benefit for the working atmosphere. Remote working makes it a lot more difficult to have a productive team spirit.
5. No separation of work and life
The line between work and life becomes blurred. On one hand there is always personal stuff in the head that takes away concentration when working in the home area. On the other hand there is no clear closing time because tracking the productive
time of the day is difficult. There always appears the question - did I really work enough today? This guilty conscience leads to answering emails in the evening instead of relaxing or spending time with family and friends.
These pros and cons expose that remote working can be great but is not suitable for all companies and employees. If you go for it, make sure to gather all your employees once in awhile. Remote working was never simple. However, today there are
many helpful tools that can be used - like Slack for team chatting, Asana for project management, Google Drive for cloud storage and collaborations and STAFFOMATIC for interactive work scheduling.
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