The form of work from home (WFH) – working remotely or working from home is no longer strange after the epidemic season. Before the pandemic, the phrase work from home was only seen as an informal, part-time job when the company needed to outsource a short-term position. However, this has become the main way of working when the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic forces factory companies to have flexible policies to respond.
Although the epidemic has been controlled and businesses have returned to work as before, they still maintain the form of work-from-home (WFH) with some employees or organizations working flexibly combining working at the office room and do it online from home.
Around the world, a PwC survey found that 19% of employees surveyed are ready to work remotely completely. Another 37% want to work remotely at least 2 days/week. A new era is beginning, one that focuses on hybrid working models and new ways of working instead of traditional working methods.
What makes the trend of working from home explode in the future?
On the business side
The demand for human resources with high expertise and specific skill sets makes businesses want to find talent across geographical distances, not because of the distance that makes workers not choose to cooperate. Tools and technologies to support teamwork (for example, work management software, digital workspaces, …) are effective when businesses work remotely.
Many businesses increase in staff size, have many new employees, but if they want to optimize office space and limit moving the office address to another location, they should choose a flexible working method.
On the worker’s side
Next year is a boom year for Generation Z (Gen Z), and up to 80% of Gen Z believe they can work remotely effectively. It is predicted that by 2025, Generation Z, the newest factor to join the workforce, will account for one-third of Vietnam’s working-age population.
Advanced technology and the battle to attract talent make workers expect flexible working, they no longer have geographical barriers when choosing a workplace for themselves.
The context of the epidemic has not completely ended and international conflicts make workers feel more secure when working flexibly or working from home.
In the context of remote working, we need to rethink the management style that has been adopted for many years in the office.
Focus on results instead of execution
Hold employees accountable for results and milestones in their work and trust them to carry out their assigned tasks. In addition, apply effective management methods such as AGILE, use Kanban Boards to track operational tasks related to milestones, and set up a daily morning/evening check-in time to check. investigate and promptly detect difficulties or delayed progress.
Give management rights to each member of your team
The application of results-focused goals or OKRs to progress monitoring and performance evaluation helps remote workers stay on top of key milestones and milestones.