The pandemic added a new leaf to the work culture across the globe. As the world shifted from working from offices to working from home, it gave rise to the new normal “remote working”. This shift is often celebrated by many. However, you may be surprised to know that it is one of the leading reasons for “The Great Resignation”.
According to a recent Microsoft survey, 54% of Generation Z workers, 41% of the entire global workforce, could be considering handing in their resignation.
While it seems like an opportunity for better work-life balance opportunity for some, it is one of the chief reasons causing frustration and leaves many employees incapable of being productive.
Let’s understand what is leading to this resentment despite the best work opportunities, perks and working conditions provided by the employers today.
Either Become a Beast or a God
It is rightly said, “Man is a social animal. He who lives without society is either a beast or God”. Working from home requires the ability to be a loner which is a major challenge for us as we are not naturally wired to work in isolation.
This can be a huge problem for people who are used to and need to be around other people in order to be happy and productive.
The so called “Bad Boss/ Employee”
The constant micromanagement by the boss/manager is a major cause of pooer performance and frustration of the employees. Constant calls and work expected at neck wrecking speed leaves the employee incapable of focussing on any task. The focus shifts from quality of work to doing tasks for the heck of it.
This issue is also faced by employers when they hire a staff who lack accountability and hold to his/her end of the bargain. This causes the employer to mistrust other employees too.
Change of Environment
Speed and quality of work, both are influenced by the environment you are working in. Often the workspace is a refuge for many from the conundrums of life. Staying at home makes such employees less productive and unmotivated in general.
The transition to remote working and dependency on technology-based communications has also led to the ‘Digital Burnout’. Long term exposure to digital platforms and then again being on the digital media for social interactions, causes feelings of exhaustion, anxiety, depression, or diminished interest in a job stemming from too much time on digital devices.
So, is remote work a big no?
Not at all. Remote work or the hybrid mode is best suited for people who muster a sense of self-discipline and endurance for loneliness. Infactt, studies show that it makes more sense to businesses too. However, one size doesn’t fit all. Employees and employers should consider the individuals working style before making the call.
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