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Work-From-Home/Remote Work

Although life has gone back to how it was before the COVID pandemic for the most part, we still can see its effects today. One of those effects is the concept of remote work or work-from-home. Advancements in technology combined with the social distancing/stay-at-home mandate from CDC has led to the increase of people working from home. Despite people going back to work now, the pandemic has made us realize that there are innovative ways to make the work required for our jobs possible to do online. As a result, many employers have given employees more opportunities to do their work remotely by adopting a hybrid model and more jobs have been created that are fully remote.

This is beneficial because it allows people from all over the world to have a chance at a job opportunity that they did not have before. Remote work can help decrease the unemployment rate by expanding potential options for job seekers. It can especially help individuals who may have physical disabilities, caregiving responsibilities, or other limitations participate in the workforce more easily. As for employers, they can tap into a global talent pool rather than being restricted to hiring from a specific geographic area. This can lead to the recruitment of diverse and highly skilled employees.

Furthermore, the elimination of a daily commute can lead to reduced stress, improved mental health, and increased job satisfaction for employees. They can better balance their work responsibilities with personal and family commitments as well, decreasing the chances of burnout. Another benefit is that both employees and employers can save money when working remotely. Employees can save on commuting costs and work-related expenses, while employers can reduce overhead costs related to office space, utilities, and other facilities.

Remote work encourages employees to take ownership of their tasks and manage their time effectively, leading to a greater sense of responsibility and accountability. It can also lead to fewer office politics and distractions, enabling employees to focus on their tasks and goals. It leads to flexibility as well in the sense that employees can create a more flexible schedule that suits their individual needs.

With all of this being said, there are still numerous challenges with remote work, such as feelings of isolation, potential communication barriers, and the inability to separate work and personal life. With full remote styles, it is harder to connect with your coworkers and develop a sense of community as a result, which can be very important for company success.

Divya Sarkar

Purdue University:

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