When surveying Escouade RH’s community members on their opinion about work from home, one word was prominent: adaptation. Why “adaptation”? Bringing the office home is an adaptation in itself. Several members pointed out the fact that it is difficult to let go of work since it is constantly (too) accessible, regardless of the time of day. To this, add a workspace that is not quite ergonomic, and then trade your colleagues for your spouse, children and pets… That’s adaptation! Yet, some members have mentioned that they are more productive at home. Their explanation is simple: they can’t talk to their co-workers as soon as they have the chance, like at the office! However, there is a flip side to this. Zoom, Google Meet, Slack and even Messenger are no substitute for relationships between colleagues, even though these platforms allow us to stay in touch easily. The office is a place where we socialize, give and receive help as well as emotional support. The absence of the social aspect in daily life has been a big change for professionals now working from home. On the other hand, the schedule is definitely more flexible in telecommuting and some workers save precious time by avoiding the stress of transportation, for example. This flexibility even makes it possible to successfully complete a few daily tasks throughout the day. So, based on the last few lines, telecommuting is generally appreciated by many, but it is obvious that this work method requires adaptation in order to be optimal.
Knowing that 59% of Quebecers prefer to work remotely at least three days a week and that only 14% of Quebecers wish to return to their workplace, telecommuting seems to have seduced more than a few. After the pandemic, I dare to believe that telecommuting will persist. So, what aspects should we focus on to optimize it and reduce its irritants?