Working From Home (WFH)

The debate around the pros and cons of working from home is an ongoing one, as businesses consider the implications of transitioning permanently to a hybrid working model in a post-lockdown world.

Although opinions vary, there is a general consensus that working from home does have an effect on productivity and efficiency. Working remotely can provide employees with more flexibility, enabling them to structure their day around their own preferences, while also cutting down on commute times significantly.

There are also cost savings for employers that come with allowing staff to work from home, as they don’t need to pay rent or utilities for office space. However, working remotely can also lead to certain drawbacks;

Let’s take a closer look at some of the potential pros and cons of working from home to help you manage the new complexities of the post-lockdown workforce.

What is Working From Home (WFH)?

Working from home has become an increasingly popular option in the modern workplace. Many companies are now offering their employees the flexibility of working away from the traditional office setting.

WFH is an acronym for Working From Home and indicates that an employee will be carrying out all or the majority of their duties from their home, apartment or residence instead of a physical office workspace.

A WFH policy, also known as a remote work policy, can be adopted by businesses to enable their staff members to work remotely either part-time, full-time or on an as-needed basis.

Thanks to a plethora of digital tools designed specifically for remote collaboration, team members can remain connected regardless of where they’re located geographically.

Such platforms allow colleagues to engage in video conferences, manage projects online, share files securely and stay up to date on current tasks all while working from the comfort of their own homes.

Additionally, there are also roles available which are fully remote requiring individuals to work solely from home every day without ever entering a physical premises and these positions are the new preference for job applicants.

The pros and cons of working from home?

There are several potential benefits and dis-benefits to working from home. It’s important for a manager to consider both the pros and cons before making the decision to have employees work from home, as it’s not right for everyone.

Advantages of WFH

There are several advantages to working from home for employees and employers alike. They include:

  • decreased commute times
  • increased flexibility in terms of hours and working location
  • no need for business casual attire
  • improved employee retention
  • attract for new talent
  • increased productivity
  • increased staff motivation
  • better work-life balance
  • the ability to work around family obligations

Disadvantages of WFH

There are quite a few pros when it comes to working from home, but there are also some potential cons that Agencies should consider. These include:

  • distractions from family, roommates, or pets
  • difficulty staying focused without a set schedule or routine
  • feelings of isolation or loneliness
  • difficulty monitoring performance
  • potential burnout
  • information security risk

How EDISC can help increase productivity while working from home

The EDISC model is a tool that can be used to assess the behavioural type of team members. EDISC can help you understand strengths, weaknesses and suitability to a WFH environment.

By understanding employee personalities and behaviours, Real Estate Agencies can create work environments that are better suited to each stakeholder’s needs. This leads to happier, more productive employees and reduces staff turnover.

When working from home, it is important to remember that not everyone is the same. Some people may thrive in a quiet, isolated environment, while others may feel lonely and disconnected. It is important to find a WFH arrangement that works for you and your employees. If you’re having trouble with productivity, consider using the EDISC model.

If you want to learn more about EDISC, please view more on our website or contact us to speak with one of our practitioners.