This is part five of a five-part series on the realities of remote working.
If none of the other reasons for supporting remote work has touched your heart, this one should.
Everyone's remote so they're on equal footing when it comes to scheduling, evaluations, and promotions.
In Part 3 of this series, I talked about how "remote working humanizes employees and managers." By putting everyone on equal footing, no one felt like they have a visibility advantage because they happened to be in the office. This kind of "visibility issue" existed before the pandemic for employees who didn't work at "headquarters," but until the pandemic, not everyone experienced that unintended visibility deficit. Now that we're currently all on videoconferencing, we have to cooperate and collaborate differently and more intentionally.
Those with physical or other limitations aren't limited in their career options by being unable or having a difficult time getting to an office.
Again, this is an issue that existed before the pandemic, but has eased somewhat because we're able to work from home. Smart companies will continue to allow employees with such challenges to continue to contribute remotely, as they have during the pandemic.
Remote working helps us towards a healthier planet. Fewer cars on the road means reduced carbon emissions.
You saw this coming, didn't you; you know quite well the impact that transportation has on carbon emissions. USA Today reported in December 2020 that there was a 7% drop in carbon emissions during the pandemic in 2020, the largest drop ever. It's not expected to last, of course, as we return to a modicum of normalcy, but it has been a step in the right direction.
Fewer cars on the road also means more people working safely at home, with less stress on their minds and bodies from sitting in traffic. Less stress means fewer sick days, a win-win for you and your employees.
There's no question that adopting remote work in your company culture will bring challenges. But the upside realities for embracing remote work far outweight the downsides of resisting the change. If you'd like to brainstorm 3 or 4 ideas for your company that you can put to use NOW, just visit www.TalkToToolie.com to schedule an Executive Strategy Session.