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Fallback of Remote Work?

Isolation

It’s easy for employees to feel like they’re part of a company’s bigger picture when they’re in the office and brainstorming with coworkers every day. Remote work can make it more difficult for employees to feel connected to and involved with daily company happenings, which can ultimately lower morale.

Decreased Employee Visibility

Employees may hesitate to accept a remote position due to decreased visibility within the organization. They may feel that a lack of face time with their manager or other company leaders will make it more difficult for them to be awarded promotions or other growth opportunities.

Decreased Work/Life Balance

It may seem like working at home would make it easier for employees to have a work/life balance, but some argue that not having a physical distinction between where an employee works and where they spend their free time can actually make it more difficult for them to unplug, stop focusing on work, and enjoy time away from their jobs.

Lack of Relationships Among Coworkers

Working together in an office provides employees with the opportunity to bond over shared experiences and build camaraderie with each other. Working remotely makes it more difficult to establish this relationship among coworkers, even when a company chooses to utilize teleconferencing, online chat systems, and other communication tools.

Increased Distractions

While employees undoubtedly experience day-to-day distractions in an office, it’s possible that they face even more distractions at home: children, spouses, pets, the latest Netflix craze, etc. Everyone’s in-home workspace is different, as is their ability to shutout distractions. But if an employee consistently shows a lack of focus or dedication, they may not be a good fit for remote work.


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