4 Myths About Remote Work

By Danielle Wirsansky on November 28, 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic’s commencement in 2020, the realities of the workplace have altered greatly. The landscape of most day jobs has changed. One of the biggest changes has been the switch to remote work. But even outside of the pandemic, remote work has been on the rise. According to Findstack, the number of people who work from home has risen by 159% since 2009, 16% of companies in the world are now 100% remote, and 58.6% of the total U.S workforce are remote workers.

Despite the rise in remote work, there are still many myths surrounding it. There are misconceptions about remote work that give it a negative connotation. To help dispel any falsehoods about it, read on to debunk some myths about remote work!

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Remote Workers are Less Productive or Lazy

One of the biggest myths about remote work is that remote workers are less productive or somehow lazier than their in-person counterparts. Some supervisors are afraid that without constant vigilance, remote workers will not really be doing strictly work from 9-5. They fear workers watching television, doing laundry, or attending to their children.

However, most employees are more productive when they are not being micro-managed. Working from home empowers them to do their work at their own pace but still get everything done they need to do. In fact, 77% of remote workers say they are more productive when they are working from home versus working in a physical workplace. And as much as bosses are worried that their employees will be more distracted when working from home, the statistics show otherwise with 75% of people choosing to work remotely for the very reason that there are fewer distractions.

Remote workers are not any lazier and less productive than employees who go into work each and every day, and in fact, they are often even more productive and less lazy than those that do go in.

Extensive Tech Support is Necessary

Another big myth around remote work is that any employee wanting to work from home will need the company to provide them with expensive equipment, software, or even tech support for it to be possible. This is definitely not the case!

Many new and affordable programs like Zoom, Slack, Teams, and more are around and they help make collaborating from different places and working together remotely very, very possible. Generally speaking, as long as your employee has a fast and stable internet connection and the information they need to do their work, a lot can be done without fancy technology or even tech support. As more workers go remote, they are becoming a lot handier at fixing their own technical issues.

No Accountability

Accountability is another big myth surrounding remote work. Many employers feel that there is less accountability for workers in getting their work done and achieving their work goals when they work remotely rather than in person.

While it is true that supervisors can’t have eyes on their remote workers or know what they are doing 24/7, the same standards and deadlines apply for remote work as they would for in-person work. If you give deadlines and provide check-in points throughout their work process, a remote employee will still get their work done. What holds them accountable? The fact that they could be fired and lose their job if they suddenly stop doing their work. Working remotely is not an excuse to do no work. Just as if they were coming to work in person and not accomplishing their work goals, they would receive reprobation or even be fired, and they still face the same risks for this situation when working remotely.

Lack of Community

Many employers are afraid that with remote work, their employees will not be able to get to know each other or build a community. While they will be apart physically, the internet provides many opportunities for employees to still learn about each other and create bonds. Video meetings are a great way to place a face with a name. And there are many work-specific messaging/video platforms like Teams or Slack that allow workers to quickly and easily communicate. Employees can still work together and collaborate even when remote Companies can even provide virtual social events to help workers from different departments or who might not ordinarily collaborate meet each other and come together. Communities can definitely be built!

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Hopefully, this article helped to dispel any myths about remote work and helped employers and supervisors see into the truth of remote work and take note of its many benefits. Only you can know what is right for your business and your team, but now you can move forward and make the decision between in-person and remote work as informed as possible!

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