30% neither agreed or disagreed
Given COVID has now made remote work more accessible to companies globally, it is somewhat surprising that only 46% of contractors disagreed / strongly disagreed with remote working leading to them feeling isolated.
We accept the limitations of it, but we underestimate the disadvantages. I have struggled with drawing boundaries between home and work. I feel overworked and often stressed.
You don't hear about the other work or changes happening in the office. There is no real chance to share learnings from other teams or projects. No ‘water cooler’ conversations.
Remote working is here to stay, and companies must adapt to ensure contractors and permanent employees can work effectively and feel connected to their teams, no matter what desk (or kitchen table) their laptop ends up on.
Talent have helped businesses adapt to remote working throughout the pandemic, and we’ve compiled helpful advice in the guides above - download them for more information, and read on for our top three tips:
Be frequent and consistent with communication, ideally over video or the phone.
Set goals and objectives and check in regularly to ensure everyone is on track.
Manage outcomes, not hours – have trust in your team to deliver; don’t micromanage.