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The internet has changed the labor landscape when it allowed for telecommuting or home-based work setup. While this promises comfort and convenience to workers, it gave rise to several challenges.
Productivity Problems

A flexible schedule helps individuals adjust their work hours to their preferred time of the day. However, a remote workforce may struggle with productivity. It can range from an unstable internet connection to environmental distractions.

Productivity issues can be remedied by setting up a designated work area where there are minimal distractions. If an extra room is not available, dedicating a space like a living room or bedroom corner arranged with lamps, office supplies, and plants will suffice. Studies in the UK show that plants in the workplace increase productivity by 15% and lift up one’s mood and self-esteem. Clothes can also mentally set boundaries between home and work. Casual clothing can make one too comfortable, so dressing up in casual or professional attire may enhance productivity.

Connectivity and Communication Challenges

Another challenge is connectivity. A remote workforce with a stable internet ensures that everyone stays on the same boat and access to the necessary tools. A stable internet also establishes a more connected team. Initiating conference calls is another method of securing good communication. Except for urgent issues, conference calls may be limited to twice a week. Emails can sometimes better communicate special issues.

Keeping a Team Together

The quarantine can lead to emotional and mental health degradation from a lack of communication. This can lead to demotivation, loneliness, and an overall decrease in mental health. Actively participating in casual group conversations helps reduce the feelings of isolation and anxiety. For managers and supervisors, inserting human touch in a conversation also goes a long way. Emails with encouraging messages can also boost team morale and establish rapport.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for remote workforce problems. Each team member is different with their own unique set of problems. Approaching situations with open minds and good communication will see the success of an endeavor.

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Kate Vergara

Kate Vergara

Katte is a graduate of AB Literature and writer by trade, working on both fictional and non-fictional works. When not working, Katte is a mother of two cats and writes tabletop roleplaying games.
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