Because of lockdown, many people have worked remotely, and proven it is perfectly possible. Lots of workers have enjoyed working from home, as it means that they can spend time with their family and not constantly be in an office. Some workers, however, did not enjoy working from home as it may be more difficult for them. But now that these workers are going back into work there is a big question. Should they be given the choice to remain working remotely, or be given to go into the office if they want to?
Why Should Workers Be Given the Choice?
Firstly, 84% of remote workers say that they think it is important to be given the choice to stay working from home even after the pandemic is over. As I mentioned before, for some people this is an opportunity to spend more quality time with their family, an opportunity they didn't have before when working at an office. Also, remote working is possible for many different jobs that can easily be done online, or on a zoom call. This includes lawyers, writers, office workers and so many more. Over lockdown, I have even been doing piano lessons on zoom! It actually works a lot better than you would think, and I didn't even have to leave my house. It also allows my piano teacher to still be teaching me, and I am still learning. There are so many other jobs where this is possible, and in a lot of cases, it is found this way is actually just as good as normal, or even easier. If it works so well, and workers are happy, why shouldln't they be given the choice?
Why Shouldn't Workers Be Given the Choice?
Despite 84% of workers saying they think they should be given the choice to work from home, they only experienced remote working for a short period of time. Would they still enjoy working from home a year later? In addition to this, even if your job is suited to working from home, some workers might not actually be able to. If they don't have very good technology for working online or doing zoom calls etc. this will be a problem. Also, where are you meant to work? Some people are lucky to have s spare bedroom, office/study, but others won't have the space or peace and quiet to work from home. Whilest remote working may be possible for many jobs, it really isn't for so many others. Workers like hairdressers, builders, doctors etc. simply cannot work from home, as they can't do their job online. As well as all this, businesses will have their own reasons as to why they don't want their workers working from home. Whether it costs more, or it is just a major inconvenience time-wise.
What do you think?
Personally, I think that workers should be given the choice if they want to work remotely or not, as whatever they feel happiest with or what suits them best should be what they get to do. But I'm curious to know what everyone else thinks, so feel free to comment below :)
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