Another reason for the increase in Productivity in remote work is that worker set his home office according to his own needs, for example, an employee has back pain problem, and he can't sit for a long time on a chair, so in the home, he can work with any position which not cause the back pain, but in the company's office he cannot do that.
A happier and healthier work-life:
Many studies have proven that remote work causes less or no stress and tension on the employee, and he lives a very happy and healthy work-life. In remote work, he has enough time and space to give to his interests and habits, so he feels a sense of fulfilment and joy in his life. In the remote work, he also has more time to nurture his relationships like with the parents, wife and children.
According to a report, 72% of employers say remote work has a high impact on employee retention. Employees want to work with those businesses which provide them with the ability to work remotely.
Here are some of the main points of remote working, which makes it a reason for a happier and healthier life:
- The employee has more time for his physical activity like gym, exercises.
- In-home he can eat healthy and fresh food.
- At the time of illness, he can cure his illness without any stress.
- He can create a workspace according to his own needs and interests.
These are some points of remote work, which makes its best choice for an employee. But the story not ends here; there are also some cons of remote working, and I will also discuss them here because their disadvantages will help us to reach down a conclusion on the future of re- mote working in Malaysia.
Cons of Remote working:
Lack of social interaction:
Humans are social animals, and they need social interaction. In remote working, you will miss the Social interaction if you are an extrovert or social butterfly. For many employees, it is hard to work alone they want to work in groups. So for them, remote working may bring some difficulties.
When you work for a long time without social interaction, you started feeling loneliness because you need someone who shares your business stories and get advice from them if you are facing any issue.
For instance, sometimes, in your pc, you face a maintenance issue, but as you are working remotely, so you not correct that issue. It is the duty of the manger to eradicate the feeling of loneliness from his team by started the team building activities. Team members will take part in those activities, and they will soon return towards a normal life.
At the start, remote working may sound fun to you, but in reality, many people face management problems while working remotely. If you are living in a high populated area, then noise pollution will be the biggest distraction for you in that area. In remote working, no one helps you to keep your things maintained if you are the one who has to maintain all his things like internet connection, workstation or other things related to your work.
Some people also feel it hard to meet the project deadlines in remote working because, in remote work, they have to do everything by them- selves. They cannot share their workload with others. So the burden in- crease, and stress comes into play. Organized living is the first step to be productive, but in remote working, as no one is supervising so, you be- come lazy and a procrastinator. In remote work, you can become less organized, which can disrupt your whole working attitude.
Difficult to stay motivated:
Sometimes in remote working it becomes difficult to stay motivated be- cause, in the traditional office, you feel a sense of completion so that completion keeps you alive and motivated from the working point of view, but in the remote work, you do not compete apparently with any- one so your lose your motivation.
To stop this shortage of motivation in his employees, a manager should personally motivate his employees by talking with them and giving the solutions to the problems which they are facing.
In the end, I can say that remote work is the best work arrangement to become more productive and creative. You can stay in your home, and there is no need to go outside for work while working remotely; you can enjoy your work and personal life simultaneously with your own choices and without nay outer interruption. In remote work, you are the one who is present in the driving seat. It is on you in which direction you use this freedom of remote working.
There are also some pitfalls of remote working, which I elaborate on above, but you can overcome those cons with your positive thinking and organized approach. As Malaysia is becoming the hub of business and investment in Southeast Asia, so more and more job opportunities are coming up. But one thing new is that many companies have now realized with their Coronavirus experience that their employees can re- main productive in their homes. So they (Company) don't need to invest in their large infrastructure for office working now they are looking to- wards the remote working. But remember that remote working is only available for those jobs in which collective and physical work is not needed. Those businesses which produce physical products never look towards remote working because they need physical labour, not digital one unless robots come into play.