How remote work has democratized workplace
Wednesday September 22, 2021, By Manasa Sai Sekar
Almost one and a half years have passed since Covid-19 changed our lives with remote working, and ideas translated into actions than ever before. To cope with changes, organizations have implemented new policies and processes to enhance the digital work experience. Some of the visible differences in which remote work made workplace accessible are,
Leaders were seen more as humans: Virtual meetings humanized leaders by showing glimpses of their personal life. When employees saw their leaders as people just like them who struggled to maintain a work-life balance, they developed empathy and understanding. Seeing their leaders in their kitchens or with pets built a stronger emotional connection with their leaders, over and above their titles and hierarchy.
Paved the way for inclusive recruiting and created a level playing field: Organizations realized that they no longer required in-person interviews to recruit people. The online interview process broke some of the stereotypes and unconscious biases. People from different geographies were able to become a part of the organization irrespective of their cultural differences. Individuals, who otherwise faced physical barriers such as persons with disabilities candidates, could complete the entire recruitment process from the comfort of their homes. Employees across industries revealed that remote working created a level playing field for everyone. Video interviews, online assessments, and remote on-boarding seem to be helping everyone at the workplace.
Shifted the nature of work: Employees who restricted themselves to using only certain technologies found themselves using more of the new technologies. Technology bridged the gap between generational differences in the workforce by breaking biases against it and by bringing in policies related to flexible work schedules. Work requirements and priorities shifted for a lot of roles with the organizations.
Democratized talent within the organizations: Employees no longer needed the dire need of networking to climb up their corporate ladders consistently achieving their goals put them ahead of the rest. Bringing in talent consultants or outsourcing projects to consultants was not common amongst MSMEs. However, work from home introduced opportunities that brought in talent from a variety of places.
Remote working can get the best from employees in the following ways:
- Creating specific career pathways for employees validate their work and can boost their morale
- Ongoing employee check-ins allow employees to know their scope for improvement
- Recognizing small victories help employees overcome their fear of failure
Remote working irrevocably challenged traditional ways of working to adopt new ways of working and it has truly democratized our workplaces. As several organizations experiment with a hybrid working model that combines remote work with on-site work, the focus is required to ensure that the transition doesn’t threaten to jeopardize the progress that we have made so far through remote working and flexible working practices. Democratizing access to remote work and ensuring access to career advancement opportunities for all employees will help organizations attract and retain top talent.
- A Senior Consultant from Consulting & Solutions team at Avtar, has worked in four different industries such as Retail, Telecommunication, Agriculture, and HealthCare.