Home office-is it really a job or an opportunity for a day off?
In Europe, 71% of companies allow their employees to perform their duties in the home office system. In Poland, this percentage is 50%. But is remote work easy and can anyone do it? Or maybe the home office is an excuse to have a day off? We checked the truth.
Undoubtedly, the digital revolution affects not only the functioning of modern man, and even entire societies, but also the functioning of companies and the performance of work. There are growing trends in the world and Europe towards flexible working hours and Home office duties for employees. It is increasingly believed that such opportunities not only increase self-esteem and a sense of pride among employees, but also the employer is perceived as modern and well-performing in modern business. However, Europe has had to go a long way than, for example, the United States when it comes to remote work, and it is easy to see the different approach to home office on our continent. For example, in the Nordic countries remote work is practically everyday. The citizens of the countries in southern and central Europe are the most sceptical. In Poland, more and more companies offer the opportunity to work remotely (while perfectly coping with the market), for example, can use Netguru, Tooploox, do OK, or Naturaily.
Remote work not very popular
To find out the preferences of our compatriots in the home office, we went to the research of the analytical company IDC, which was carried out in March 2016 throughout Europe on behalf of the IT company Cornerstone OnDemand. Reading the report” future people: Workplace evolution in the age of digital transformation ” provides a lot of interesting data and conclusions.
First of all, it turns out that remote work in Poland is not as popular as in other European countries. Only half of our domestic companies allow employment in the home office system, while on the old continent 71% of entrepreneurs use this form (in Scandinavia-even 87%). Unfortunately, in this ranking we took the last, tenth position.
However, we quickly became convinced that this state of affairs is not caused only by the sceptical attitude of the employers themselves. It turned out that as many as 40% of Polish employees simply do not like to perform professional duties at home. By contrast, according to the IDC report, almost half less, because 21%, employees from other European countries are reluctant to treat the home office system. As can be seen, in many cases, the barrier to remote work is not the fear of the employer or the lack of adequate systems to perform duties in the form of a home office, but the reluctance of the employees themselves. However, we are not surprised. This form of employment is not, in fact, for everyone and not everyone is able to find themselves in it.
Home Office is a challenge
Many people think that remote work, provided from home, is just an offer for young mothers who have to take care of young children. Somebody try to work in peace with three toddlers nearby! Good luck! The truth is that the duties in the home office system are performed by many employees from different industries, especially from it. Most often this applies to computer scientists and graphic designers, but of course not only.
For some people, this form of work is, above all, convenience and savings on the cost of travel. Others-sometimes ask for a day in the form of home office, because they are looking for respite after the “office work”. However, we will focus here on the first case, because we do not consider Home office day as a day off. Such an approach can quickly exhaust the employer’s patience and is, simply, unfair.
Many people find remote work very attractive, and indeed it can be. Unfortunately, not everyone has the right predisposition to home office mode. First of all, it is necessary to show a very strong character and excellent organization of time. Sitting with a laptop at home, we are exposed not only to various temptations and laziness, but also to the fact that friends and family will constantly interrupt our work. Therefore, it is necessary to clearly demarcate household duties from professional ones and show a strong will. It is necessary to determine at what hours we are engaged only in professional activities and it is best to isolate ourselves from the environment by allocating a separate room for doing our work. You should also learn to take regular breaks and finish the rest at a set time.
Finally, it is worth remembering to keep in touch with people and have time for family. Balancing work and personal life is not easy in the home office and not everyone can do it. This is why some people return to the company headquarters after some time. However, there is no shortage of such employees who perfectly felt in the home office mode, perform their duties more efficiently and would not change it for anything for office rigor. We wish each of them success in their careers and, above all, satisfaction with what they do. Because this, after all, is the most important thing!
If you liked this article, I also encourage you to read my previous post – ” for whom is remote work?”