Transcript: Episode 186 – Making Remote Work Work: Productivity and Collaboration When You Work from Home
January 15, 2024
Transcript: Episode 187 – 2024 HR Priorities: The Challenges Employers Face This Year
January 29, 2024

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We’ve been talking a lot about remote work in recent years. The pandemic led organizations to quickly switch to working from home in March of 2020. A growing number of people choosing to be contractors or freelancers has also increased the number of remote workers.

However, according to a Resume Builder survey of 1,000 company leaders, 90% of companies plan to implement return to office policies by the end of 2024. Nearly 30% of them say their company will threaten to fire employees who don’t comply with in-office requirements. Employees are concerned about returning to the office because of the commute time and extra money spent on gas, parking, and clothing.

Going fully remote shows around 10-20% lower productivity than working fully in-person, likely because of challenges in providing effective mentorship, building a strong team culture, and staying motivated. The hybrid work model seems to bring about modest improvements in productivity.

Before you choose to go back to the office, though, make sure the office time actually serves a meaningful purpose. People being required to go back to the office full- or part-time report that they spend their days on Zoom with people who aren’t in the office or that they go to the office only to find it a ghost town because everyone else chose to work from home that day. Many feel that the return to office is due to “old-school leadership” assuming that if they can’t see you, you’re not working.

Since collaboration seems to be one of the primary concerns with remote work, we discuss some tools that can help. If you’re working remotely, you may want to consider tools that help with things like communication, project management, document collaboration, file sharing, and more. Make sure you’re setting clear expectations around work hours, availability, and deadlines. And remember that it’s not just about the tools; it’s also about building a culture of trust, communication, and accountability within the team.

In this episode’s listener question, we’re asked how to leverage HR-adjacent experience and a new SHRM certification to find an HR role that’s not entry-level. In the news, only one in three US workers say their job has a positive impact on their mental health.

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Emily Miller
Emily Miller
Emily works behind the scenes at JoyPowered, helping to edit and publish the books, producing the podcast, and running the website and social media.

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