by Katie Culliton, Editor, CalChamber
Most employees currently working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic are realizing the positive impacts on their job over the last few months, and many are working more hours than if they were in the office. But they do have a considerable concern during this time — their ability to build strong relationships with their coworkers, as most employees are socializing less than they were in the office.
Nevertheless, even when employees return to the worksite, they’re concerned for their health and safety, and many normal business activities — including shaking hands and office socialization — will be severely curtailed in this “new normal.”
Working From Home Epiphanies
Sixty percent of employees working from home report an improved work-life balance due to a lack of a commute, according to a recent Robert Half survey. Other positive sentiments (multiple responses were permitted) to working from home include:
- I realize my job is doable from home (63 percent).
- I'm more comfortable using technology (43 percent).
- I've grown closer to colleagues (20 percent).
- I've grown closer to my boss (19 percent).
Parents were more likely than their peers without children to report a better work-life balance, which not only benefited recipients personally, but also allowed them to become more tech-savvy and foster better relationships with their colleagues.
Working from home may also make employees more empathetic, as 78 percent of all employees (not just the ones working from home) believe they are now prepared to support their absent coworkers when employees begin returning to the workplace. Read More