Author: Pauline DENOO
Date of publication: 23/3/2022
Health crisis, adaptation, new modes of communication, working from home: know everything about teleworking. Telework has become an integral part of the daily lives of workers. First of all, telework corresponds to a work organization which allows employees to carry out their activities outside business premises. This new way of working is enjoying real momentum across Europe. Made possible thanks to new technological and digital tools, it offers many benefits to employees. Some examples of these pros are: working at the comfort of your home, gaining autonomy and time, a better quality of life, and many more.
Also, teleworking offers a possible solution to some current societal issues, such as the excessive use of the car, the difficulty of combining private and professional life, stress related to restrictive working hours, etc.
No more home-work travel:
Generally, teleworking allows you to better manage your daily life. It makes it possible to put the time spent on home-work journeys to the benefit of family life and leisure. Teleworking is therefore an effective way to reduce the impact on lateness and absenteeism in general. Stress and fatigue associated with daily travel are then considerably reduced.
Flexibility on working hours and the diversification of tasks are also very valuable in the context of teleworking. During breaks, it is often easier and more accessible to occupy oneself with personal activities such as sport, siesta and household chores. Teleworking makes it possible to better reconcile professional and personal life, which helps to increase worker satisfaction. Therefore, motivation at work limits the risk of burnout.
Freedom and autonomy:
Working from home inspires a real sense of freedom and is often a sign of trust and esteem between employer and employee. Concretely, the employee demonstrates that he can be autonomous and productive at the same time. This new way of working creates a real feeling of freedom, without any overload of activity. The employee is free to determine their working hours and establish their own work plan.
Nevertheless, it requires adaptability and autonomy as well as an organizational effort that does not necessarily correspond to everyone. For instance, solation, lack of confidence and loss of interest can easily invade the daily life of teleworkers.
Solitude and isolation:
Among them, loneliness and isolation. The human being is a social being. However, being alone at home encourages withdrawal and increases the risk of depression. The feeling of belonging to a social group no longer exists. For many people, interactions between colleagues are a source of dynamism and motivation.
Lack of support:
By working remotely, employees are necessarily less present in the workplace. The worker may have the feeling of being less accompanied by their manager or team. This complicates the organization of meetings, communication, and collaboration within teams. Teleworking, therefore, requires special attention to the reorganization of professional exchanges via telecommunications tools (e-mails, zoom meeting, telephone, etc.).
The other common risk of working from home is over connection. When the office is also home, the border between work and personal life becomes very fine. The risk is to always find something to do or to finish. Being tempted to check your emails in the evening or on weekends As a result, working from home involves a certain rigor, organization and above all to stay focused on your professional objective.
It's all about balance. We must adopt the middle ground. This is why some companies offer alternatives between remote work and office work. This preserves social ties and supervision while promoting autonomy and freedom. But, you have to be rigorous and disciplined, so much to stay focused, only to know when to stop and take advantage of the advantages it offers.