Bosses often feel worried when their employees request or choose to work from home. This reaction is plausible because it’s easy to picture your employee watching T.V or engaging themselves in some sort of activity instead of actually working.
But is that’s what is getting you really anxious, you’re overseeing the main disadvantage of allowing your employees to work from home, it not about whether they are actually working or not, but that it also affects your company culture.
As a matter of fact, statistics have proven that workers are more productive working from the comfort of their houses. A poll recently released by TINY pulse evaluated that the work habits of isolated workers. According to a survey conducted in the U.S, involving 500 remote workers. The report stated that on average, employees are happier and felt more valued compared to non-remote workers. The majority of them said they were more productive at home and the happiest ones worked less hours compared to typical Monday to Friday schedule.
This report, however, has raised a lot of controversy as certain individuals they should be offered the liberty of working at home since it makes them more productive. But as a boss, you should never allow your staff go completely remote. Although it may benefit you as a boss in its ways like saving electricity for example, however, we firmly believe that a strong company culture determines your success, and you can’t have a strong culture without people working together in an office setting.
A company without a strong workplace culture is likely more likely to fail than one with a strong one. This should be your company’s No. 1 competitive advantage because you need jubilant and enthusiastic employees to build great products and delight your customers. When most of your employees work remotely, your company culture will definitely be affected. And this is something you can’t afford, especially if your company is in a very competitive industry.
Although working remotely might come with its pros, including your own polling, there’s evidence that working remotely severely affects company culture. According to a study conducted last year study published last year in the journal Academy of Management Discoveries, they reported that; “when a culture of offsite work took hold, the employees that craved the social aspect of working in an office suffered because the workplace became unpredictable”
Certain individuals such as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer restricted the practice of working remotely and was criticized heavily for it. However, if you do an in-depth research, you’ll discover that her intentions were to boost her team’s morale. In order for her company to rematerialize as a leader, she believed that her employees had to reemerge in a central location to regain a strong company culture.
Almost one-third of workers have either reported having a problem with a coworker due to the remote arrangement or has considered requesting for one. There’s a higher possibility that problems of casual collision amongst workers will arise if they working side-by-side that when working remotely. However, it is way easier to communicate and resolve these problems with coworkers in person. Remember you can’t do this over email or a phone call. Remote workers are believed to rate their company culture lower than average, compared to their non-remote workers.
It’s important for leaders to get over their fears of whether their employees are being productive when working at home. There are a few cases which prove they are. But the main problem is that it can affect your company culture. Employees should be allowed to work remotely when it really necessary, like if they are ill for instance. Apart from that, they shouldn’t be permitted to work remotely. Maintaining a tight company culture should be your main priority.