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Emerging from Telework
At the start of 2020, the work-from-home initiative received a huge push from covid-19. Thanks to dynamic technologies, it is no longer necessary to be present in the workplace to be a productive team member. Management has embraced that certain work can be undertaken effectively from a remote location.
Technology-reliant employment conducted remotely is defined by functioning from a remote office; communication technologies; time distribution which may differ from traditional working hours; and the diversity of employment relationships, ranging from contract work to traditional employment.
Most companies were not prepared for the financial and emotional strain brought on by the pandemic. Employees were expected to telecommute often with limited technical knowledge and support. Disrupted schooling and potential illness required flexible working arrangements from employers. Simultaneously, employers asked staff to work fewer hours due to reduced operations.
As we evolve from the calamity of covid-19, companies need to first question and then be resolute on the pros and cons of remote work. Savings on commercial property as the primary driver for the remote work model could be misguided. There certainly are cost savings for remote work models, but the bigger driver should be the ability to hire talent from a much wider pool of skilled individuals.
Occupations best suited to remote work are managerial and clerical support workers. Sales, elementary occupations and manual operators have little or no opportunity to work from home. Occupational inequality and limited opportunity for growth translate to inequality in wage distribution and socio-economic disadvantage.
Remote work is usually a sought-after option by employees. Reduced travel also benefits the environment with reduced carbon emissions. Technology is reshaping the modern workplace but consumed in excess has the potential to decrease human worth. Ultimately, we need to defend decent employment and find a balance between the opportunity and threat brought by the ‘new normal’ workplace.
Written by Lucille Schedler from Khusela Employment Solutions (Pty) Ltd