Smart work is known as a flexible way of working: you can choose working hours and locations. The important thing is to achieve the goals! Working remotely has many benefits associated with increased employee productivity. For this reason, many companies are introducing smart working for their employees.
Companies that allow remote work apply a win-win strategy. The worker leads a less hectic and more balanced life while the company reduces the costs related to physical structures and increases productivity.
Time is a resource! And we often take hours to get to work. Yet a lot of work can be done at that time! But it’s not just about wasting time. Getting to the workplace away from home is often stressful. The advantage is clear: the conversion of travel hours into working hours (up to 3 hours of work can be recovered in one day) and a reduction of stress for workers.
Those who have to travel long distances to get to work normally have costs. These costs vary according to the distance. Smart work in this sense helps to save fuel (proving to be an eco-friendly choice), tram tickets, bus tickets, etc.
Working in a personal environment helps workers take responsibility. This happens because the smart work scheme is based on achieving the set work objectives. As we realize that no one can monitor our work then we try to be more productive in order to achieve our work goals. This situation leads to an improvement in performance and results achieved.
Working in an office normally makes it clear to the employee that there is a hierarchy in the company he works for. This situation does not occur in the case of smart working where, on the contrary, organizational freedom suggests that the worker is the “boss” of his work, also favoring greater affiliation with the company.
What matters in smart working is not the hours it took you to reach a goal. The only thing that matters is having reached the productivity target established in a certain period of time.
Those who are fortunate enough to be smart workers can devote themselves to working on other personal projects. Complete autonomy in managing your work makes it possible to calibrate and define the time dedicated to each activity throughout the day.
Working in an office presupposes the geographical proximity of the workers. This assumes that most of the workers are in the same city where the office is located. Anyone who is not exactly in that city must still be nearby. Remote work does not suffer from these limitations. The only obstacle to hiring new employees is their talent. Organizations that choose to be independent locations can choose collaborators who live all over the world.
Smart workers are free to travel respecting their commitment and work pace. Those who love to travel or live in different areas of the world for a few years will have no problem. The possibility of working remotely allows you to choose the place to live (based on factors such as the climate, the beautiful landscapes, the quality of life, etc.) without having to worry about finding a job. Organizational autonomy and flexibility allow, then, to cultivate interpersonal relationships with greater care and frequency and to devote more attention to the needs of the family.
Although remote work constitutes a very advantageous way of working for the aspects we have seen, we cannot hide that it may not be suitable for everyone.
Those who are not used to setting up an organization and following self-imposed rules may have some problems as a smart worker. As we have said, in fact, this way of working imposes a strong sense of self-control and the ability to plan the activities that must be done to achieve productivity goals. Those who do not have these skills could bring delays and lead to errors in the overall work.
Working remotely is not an effective solution for those who need immediate feedback on their work. Although communication, if well managed, can make up for the physical absence, those who need constant “guidance” in order to continue their work, may have problems that can be reflected on the entire team. Recent studies have pointed out that one of the risks to which a worker is exposed remotely is that of isolation.
Working in your own place can then involve the risk of distraction. When working outside the office, especially if you live with your family, you can run the risk of attributing relevance to issues not strictly related to work or that the conditions of the environment in which you work are not optimal (presence of noises, screams, etc.). It is not only external conditions that bring about major distractions, however. Even a simultaneous use of synchronous communication tools (WhatsApp, Slack, and cc.) It can cause a background noise that can interfere with the attention of the worker. Physical absence, in fact, could be understood as the cause of an over-communication which, however, could adversely affect work. If you don’t have the ability to turn off notifications, you could risk not working.
Since there is no working time, it often happens that we are guided by the need to achieve a certain result rather than thinking about the hours of work we have already worked on. This means that you could work harder than if you worked in the office.
Communication is a key figure within a company. Many times the biggest problems arise from communication defects. Communication problems can affect both: teams that work in the same place and teams whose members work in different places. In the case of smart work, this could certainly happen more frequently because communication proves to be even more essential.
The absence of geographical boundaries in the hiring of staff means that people from different cultures can be part of the team. This circumstance multiplies the communication difficulties: intercultural misunderstandings could more easily arise due to the different sensitivity that each culture manifests with respect to certain issues. The possibility of misunderstanding in communication may be more frequent.
If you are part of a particularly productive team, according to some scholars, the feeling of not being as productive as the rest of the team may flourish or increase. This circumstance could demoralize above all workers who are very committed but who are having problems in performing a particular aspect of the job or in achieving a specific productivity goal.
Those who want to work remotely must necessarily be dynamic because, especially in the case of teams that often grow in a short time, it often happens that what works today may not work tomorrow. Workers who are unable to familiarize themselves with frequent changes or are unable to change their working method could represent a serious obstacle to the productivity growth of the team or company.
Not seeing your colleagues could generate a feeling of estrangement from the workplace. Working with people with whom you cannot have constant physical communication can be a big limitation for those who need to know other people well in order to feel part of a team. Obviously when we talk about the difficulties of working remotely we refer to problems that can be overcome by adopting specific precautions. To avoid the feeling of isolation, for example, you can organize meetups, annual group holidays or work sessions in a coworking space. Productivity tools can be used to help the team get to know each other better or to limit background noise and the dispersion between a thousand notifications. it is important to measure team happiness with tools like Teami (www.teami.io).
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