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Will COVID-19 Make More Companies Re-Think Telework?

Updated: Apr 2

Obviously, the recent events of the COVID-19 Pandemic have forced us all into a new way of everything from congregating with family and friends to getting our education. But the biggest impact has been on our workforce. Before we were confined to our homes, corporations; small, medium, and large had the option of allowing their employees to work from home.


Most employers make the case that face-to-face time is needed for productivity and accountability. Yet, over the past 10 -15 years, we have seen a significant rise in the number of employees working from home.

It has also become very popular for prospective employees to ask for at least a percentage of remote work as a condition of employment. According to a January 2018 Gartner Research article, "How to Cultivate Effective 'Remote Work' Programs", the main challenges employers report having to deal with are:


  • "Mutual lack of trust undermines remote work good intentions."

  • "Stereotypes about what kind of work can or cannot be done remotely lead to unrealistic expectations and underperforming programs."

  • "Employees unaccustomed to the demands of remote work lose enthusiasm and suffer from loneliness."

  • "Creating a responsive technology infrastructure to enable effective remote work is complex."

It is safe to say the current circumstances are forcing companies who have been reluctant to adopt a remote work policy to reevaluate their opinions on the idea. So, let's delve into a couple of these challenges just a little.


  • "Mutual lack of trust undermines remote work good intentions."

How are the current circumstances impacting this challenge? If employers find that they can trust their employees to produce quality work but more in less time, would that change their minds?


  • "Stereotypes about what kind of work can or cannot be done remotely lead to unrealistic expectations and underperforming programs."


Of course, there are some industries that are just not conducive to working remotely. There are also those professions that are traditionally 'in house". Take recruiting for example. Since the growing popularity of online recruiting services that offer a full-scale recruitment process like ZipRecruiter, Indeed, and GlassDoor, are recruiters still working a 9 - 5 in the office? As an employee, I have applied for many jobs online and 'sat' through multiple interviews without ever leaving home. I have been offered my fair share of full-time positions, sight-unseen by anyone physically, including the prospective employer.


As an employer, I've recruited staff for multiple positions over the past 5 years having never seen the candidates, physically, until they were offered the position. If recruiters are able to garner valuable, talented candidates and produce the results the firms that hire them need working remotely, is it still necessary for them to come into the office every day?


"Creating a responsive technology infrastructure to enable effective remote work is complex."

The growing popularity of Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and Zoom to name a few seem to have completed removed this challenge. Meetings can be attended with video and or voice. Most, if not all of these platforms offer real-time chat capabilities and presence to see when employees are online, away, or off. They also offer the ability to share and collaborate on content.


What do you think? Are you working in an industry today that is forced to do work remotely because of the COVID-19 Pandemic but are not able to use these online platforms? If you can use them, do you find you are more productive or less in your work because of the circumstances? Let us know in the comments.


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