Are we tired of telecommuting?
If there has been an advantage to the pandemic (yes, you always have to see the glass half full), it is that it has allowed the trivialization of teleworking. Working remotely has several advantages, both for the employee and for his employer. Studies have thus highlighted the productivity boost of teleworking. The autonomy offered by telework also allows multiple employees to feel better about their job and to be more efficient.
This way of working also saves time, energy and even money. Indeed, you no longer waste time on the road between your home and your office, you reduce your transport costs at the same time and you benefit from a very pleasant schedule flexibility. If you want to run a washing machine between tasks, it is possible.
But after two years, the limits of teleworking are being felt, according to the Allianz Trade study. Among German and Italian respondents, the desire to telecommute is decreasing. It has gone from 25 to 20% among our colleagues across the Rhine since last year, while the decline is less among our Italian friends. With us, it’s the opposite: the share of employees who want to work remotely has increased slightly. But it remains very weak compared to our neighbours.
If the advantages are still there, the challenges related to teleworking are increasingly highlighted by employees. Many admit that working remotely isn’t always easy. They deplore, above all, the lack of social ties and a blurred barrier between private life and professional life.. These two disadvantages are mentioned twice as often this year as in 2021. Among the other disadvantages of teleworking according to European employees interviewed by Allianz Trade, we note an increase in stress, an often unsuitable workplace, the fact of juggling between the work and domestic chores or the feeling of losing productivity if their equipment is not up to scratch.
According to the study, the lack of social connection of teleworking reduces the chances of promotions or learning and creates inequalities between remote employees and those who are in the office. In addition, it can put in difficulty employees who are less comfortable with technology or who do not have good Internet access. The latter could be left out in the future.
If telework continues to satisfy many employees, it has shown its limits. In short, the honeymoon seems over. Between many advantages and as many disadvantages, companies must succeed in adapting for the well-being of their employees. And that is perhaps the most complicated part.