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Ways to maintain control

Ways to maintain control

A return to the office may involve negotiations between workers and employers, where workers may desire to make some permanent changes, including adopting a hybrid model. 

While a hybrid model may not work for all jobs and industries, it can allow employees to continue enjoying the autonomy of remote work, and giving it up on days when they're in the office.

Autonomy can also be maintained at the micro-task level. For example, if workers have some control over their schedule, they can avoid back-to-back meetings or block out time for deep work.

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Remote work has given us more autonomy

As the pandemic required employees to work remotely, one of the most striking changes was increased worker's autonomy. Many people became used not to have a boss looking over their shoulder or watching their every move.

A more autonomous environment meant employees could control where they sit or how they prioritise tasks. They could intersperse life activities with job activities. But, as the world returns to the offices, employees are expected to give up some of that control.

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The benefits of autonomy

Experts have known for some time that autonomy is good for us and our work. If we have control over our lives and environment, we have a greater sense of wellness.

Psychologists view autonomy as a basic human need. Research found that those with more autonomy in their work or workplace culture were happier with their jobs. Another recent study found autonomy has a positive effect on efficiency and output at work. 

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... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:

  • Hire doers: they will get stuff done even if they are working from a secluded island.
  • Hire people you can trust. And trust the people you hire;
  • Hire people who cand write: communication is one of the most important parts of a remote team - good writers are critical to a team's success.
  • Hire people who are ok without a social workplace.

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There is a sudden shift towards remote working in workspaces all across the world, with many people abruptly thrust towards it without warning.

Experts share a few tips on how to transition to remote working:

  • Mimic your office culture
  • Embrace social time
  • Default to transparency
  • Brainstorm differently
  • Don’t expect normalcy
  • Be flexible.

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The disadvantages of remote working
  • Decreased collaboration: Remote working has led to a 23% decrease in team collaboration, which means less teamwork and development on assigned projects. 
  • Decreased productivity: You can work whenever and wherever, but many times when our minds wander. 
  • Lack of inspiration: When you're surrounded by people all day, every day, there's a lot of inspiration that comes from that environment. 
  • Lack of work/life balance: Remote working can make it very easy to overwork yourself simply because you can't tell when your day at work is finished. 
  • Increased distractions: There are tons of tasks that can steal away attention, such as household chores or errands, that can decrease productivity while working from home.
  • Reduced relationships with coworkers: It can also lead to a lack of relationships with coworkers, which is especially harmful to managers who do not get the opportunity to create stronger bonds within their teams. 
  • Isolation: The lack of human connection can make employees feel isolated and alone. 

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