I remember the day the first COVID-19 case was announced here in Kenya, tension started building up and companies had to send their employees home to work virtually. Meaning, remote work now had the biggest moment!
Although it was a bit hard for employers to give employees access to all the tools they’d need to work from home, they were still not convinced that working from home could make the staff members even more productive.
But after everyone settled in, what quickly became apparent to many offices based teams is that employees can be productive and focused when not in the office. This made it easier for employers to understand that remote work works.
As an employer, who heads a team of dedicated individuals, I came to learn that working from home contributed quite a lot to the improvement of my team’s job performance. During our weekly zoom meetings, from the data gathered, working from home has so far made them more efficient.
They said there are fewer distractions from colleagues or long-drawn-out meetings to attend and that makes them work efficiently and complete tasks in time.
From my own experience, I realized that I am having a better work-life balance when working from home. I always look forward to completing my assignments and the flexibility in hours that a stay-at-home position offers to make me happy.
Knowing I have that time with my family allows me to be much more productive because I am not worrying whether or not they forgot their lunch or arrived home safely.
Ultimately, I just realized that I am more productive when working from home than commuting to an office and wasting time stuck in traffic.
Mind sharing what working from home has taught you? The skills that you have learned so far? as for me, I have found that it will depend on your personality. To be an effective work from home person, you need to have excellent critical thinking, organizational and communication skills along with being able to block distractions.