In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses were hesitant to allow their employees to work from home due to worries about the impact on productivity, how teams could collaborate effectively, and whether employees would be able to focus on their tasks without proper supervision. These concerns were understandable, given the uncertainties surrounding the virus and its potential effects on people. However, it has since become clear that remote working can be successful, and Twitter has recently joined the trend by allowing its staff to work from home.
Work Before COVID-19 Times
Telecommuting has become a popular way of working in recent years and has been brought into sharp focus by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the practice of performing work-related tasks remotely, typically outside of a traditional office environment. This has enabled many businesses to continue operating, even in the absence of a physical office space, by allowing their employees to work from home. As a result of this, many organisations are now reaping the benefits of a more flexible and cost-effective way of working.
The offices of tech giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Google are widely regarded as being some of the very best workplaces in the world. They have transformed traditional workplace practices and created a new benchmark for office spaces. We can all remember the days of outdated, dismal buildings where employees were expected to work in cramped cubicles and treated like expendable assets. Fortunately, these days are behind us, and it is clear that these IT companies recognise the importance of providing their employees with an inspiring working environment in order to encourage creativity and innovation.
Steve Jobs was one of the first to recognise the importance of encouraging innovation within the workplace. During his tenure as CEO of Pixar in 2000, he designed the new headquarters with the primary aim of fostering collaboration. To achieve this, he removed the usual barriers between teams and departments.
Steve Jobs designed the facility in a way that encouraged collaboration and nurtured the development of strong working relationships between colleagues from different regions. By bringing the various departments – such as editing, marketing, and animation – together under one roof, employees had the chance to interact with one another, fostering communication, creativity and a shared sense of purpose. This gave them the opportunity to build strong personal bonds, as well as work together to achieve a common goal.
The advancements made by a number of businesses in the following decade enabled them to provide their staff with a more stimulating and dynamic working environment, which enabled them to reduce burnout, encouraged more chance interactions between creative thinkers, and increased their output. These businesses created stunning workplaces that attracted both talented individuals and organisations, due to the salaries and professional growth opportunities they offered. Workplaces provided by these tech businesses were designed to be more than just a place of work; they were equipped with everything people could need for an all-encompassing lifestyle, from sleep pods, rooftop pools and workout facilities, to coffee bars, rooftop decks and playrooms.
Twitter’s Debunking of the Myths Surrounding Telecommuting
Twitter is a highly recognisable information technology business that employs around 4,900 people. It is part of the group of companies that have modern and stylish offices, populated by trendy individuals. Its headquarters in San Francisco feature a number of communal areas, such as coffee lounges, a large canteen and a rooftop barbeque area, which encourage its employees to socialise and create a friendly atmosphere. These spaces provide a platform for employees to let their imaginations run wild.
Jack Dorsey, co-founder and current CEO of Twitter, recognised the potential of remote working to be even more effective than working within a physical office environment. As a result, on May 12 he announced to employees that once the pandemic is over, they may apply to work remotely on a full-time basis. This exciting development has created an opportunity for employees to experience a different way of working.
The staff were informed that, while the physical offices are not expected to be ready until September, remote working will still be allowed. Employees are welcome to keep attending work if they so choose, as the organisation has had a positive outcome from permitting staff to work from home. Ultimately, it is the employees’ decision.
A spokesperson for Twitter has recently commented that, “In recent months, we have seen that remote working is a viable option, and if any of our staff are in a position where they are able to work remotely and wish to do so on an ongoing basis, we will endeavour to make this possible for them.
Are There More Businesses Joining the Movement?
On the 18th of May, Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square, Inc., announced that he would be bringing the same idea of enabling the company to be more accessible from distant locations. The idea of “the workplace may be anywhere” is deeply entrenched in the mindset of the organisation.
A representative for the organisation has stated that they are committed to providing an environment which enables their employees to reach their highest levels of creativity and productivity. It has been decided that employees who are currently working from home will be allowed to continue to do so indefinitely, even after offices reopen. They have acknowledged that they have learned a great deal about how to make remote working as efficient as possible over the last few weeks and will continue to build upon this knowledge moving forward.
Companies in the digital and internet sectors, such as Facebook and Google, have decided to extend their home office policy until the end of the year. At present, there has been no official announcement regarding the possibility of permanent remote employment.
The end of the COVID-19 pandemic could potentially require certain businesses to make significant long-term changes. On 30th March, Gartner released the results of a survey they had conducted with 317 Chief Financial Officers and other finance professionals. What was the outcome of this research?
- A survey conducted recently has revealed that 75% of respondents think that at least 5% of their staff who had previously been working on-site will now be relocating to work remotely on a full-time basis after the pandemic.
As we remain uncertain of what the future holds, one thing is certain: remote working is no longer a concept of the future, but rather, it is part of our current reality.
Intent on Completing the Change?
At Works, we have been working remotely for an extended period of time and are aware of the advantages that can come with it. By carefully selecting the right team and staying connected regardless of distance, we have seen first-hand how productive working from home can be.
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