The country’s workers, who were forced to work from home during the COVID 19 pandemic, have found themselves permanently at home, and many companies have abruptly allowed their employees to work from home for the foreseeable future.
After examining the options available to each company, we found that there are a number of reasons why it is best for companies to let employees work from home. Empowering employees to work from home or remotely is a sound practice that can benefit both employees’ well-being (mental health, time with family, limited commute burdens) and business. Employees who work from their home office can be just as productive as their colleagues in the office. Demonstrating trust in employees at home helps to strengthen the emotional bond between employer and employee that enables engagement.
Working from home can reduce the distraction of workers and allow them to do more during working hours.
Employees, including hourly wages, should be reimbursed for expenses accrued in their home offices. You can buy them products to make their Work From Home Experiences better, or you can give them funds to make these purchases themselves. Indeed.com, the job board, and Google provided their staff with cash payments and reimbursements to help workers buy supplies to WFH. Others, like Apple and Twitter, place orders of equipment (desks, chairs, monitors, or docking stations) which are then shipped directly to the homes of remote workers.
A Work from Home Policy is an agreement between employer and employee that clearly defines the expectations and responsibilities of employees working from home. Companies that wish to introduce a work programme from home should draw up specific guidelines to ensure that employees understand what they have to do and when to ensure that remote work is completed successfully.
One study found that allowing employees to work from home for only half the time would save companies $11,000 per employee. If 100% work from home is not on your company’s cards, try to give employees the opportunity to work from home for a small percentage of their time. And if you don’t want to move to a completely remote environment, you can try staging your employees “work days at home to save office space.”