We explore some of the main challenges facing the world of remote work, and how we can make it better for all workers.
For many people the shift to remote work has been a positive experience. Increased flexibility, working from the comfort of home, no more commuting- there are many pros. However for others, the sudden switch to working from home, has taken some time to get used to, and for some very good reasons. Working from home throws up some very real challenges that people have had very little time to adjust to, and it has been a learning process for employees and employers alike.
What are some of the main challenges with remote working?
Whether it's from being distracted by other people living in the same space, or construction work in the building next door, or just the distraction of having Netflix on demand- working from home can be difficult in terms of finding a focus and sticking to it. For many people the comforts of home are a big benefit to working from home, but for others they only serve us a distraction to getting work done.
Depending on how often people have opportunities to connect, online, with other team members or co-workers, working remotely can be very disconnecting for some people. For those who thrive on social interactions, and meeting people in-person, working from home can be an often lonely and difficult experience.
Not only that but roles which require a great deal of cooperation across teams and people, can be difficult to do as productively when working remotely. It takes much more of an effort to stay connected virtually, as compared to in an office.
Many people thrive on the flexibility remote working provides them. But for others time management is a challenge when working from home. You have to set your own hours, you have to set your own schedule and make yourself keep to it, you have to understand that with flexibility still comes a responsibility to complete tasks and projects. For some, this self control over their own time boosts productivity and morale, but in others it can have an opposite effect.
Not everyone has the perfect at home working environment. For those who share a living space with other family members, or flat mates, working from home can be challenging. Others don’t necessarily have the ability to dedicate themselves a space purely for work, and have to make do with makeshift arrangements.
How can we improve remote working experiences?
This is something that both employers and employees can work together to solve. For employees it is important to understand that staff working from home have all the tools they need, in order to do the job. This might mean arranging office furniture for them to use at home, it might involve upgrading their internet connection, or it might mean making sure someone touches bases with them every day, or as needed.
It is important for employers to find ways to keep teams connected, and able to cooperate together as successfully even when not in the same location. Understanding how to maintain, and even boost productivity amongst employees working remotely, should be a major focus of employees right now.
Employers can also do their part to ensure their working from home is a successful experience, especially long term. Establishing a daily working routine and schedule is important, removing distractions, and setting up an optimal working environment that works for them, is key to this success.
How co-living and remote working complement each other
Co-living has always been a popular choice amongst remote workers, and for many reasons. At Vonder our private apartments are great for working from home. Looking to set up your own in-home office? Our one bedroom flats are perfect for that for singles, while our two bedroom flats make the best working and living spaces for couples. Many of our flats contain great spaces that can be converted into dedicated working spaces, with the right furniture.
Co-living complexes that also include co-working spaces are even more perfect for remote working. Co-working spaces offer all of the benefits of working from an office (the great WIFI connection, the office furniture, the coffee machine, the social interactions with others), along with all of the benefits of working from home- the lack of a commute, the flexibility to come and go, the more relaxed working environment. Co-working spaces are a win-win when it comes to remote working.
Co-living is all about connection and community. With its communal spaces, and community events, there are plenty of ways for remote workers to connect with others without needing to go to an office each day.
Co-living is one way in which the challenges of remote working can be overcome, in the long term. As how we work changes, how we live demands a similar rethink.