Before the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant portion of business owners in the world thought it was impossible to work remotely. I also did!
Unfortunately, we were wrong and overtime as the need to survive increased, we became ingenious in our innovations and before we knew it, we adapted to the new normal.
It is pertinent we mention here that the above assertions while it may fit properly into the service, marketing, logistics and or distributive trades, the reverse is the case for those in production, manufacturing, engineering or civil construction industries. And this is to deduce – basically because of the need for human involvement in the various activities in them.
So, adopting a hybrid or remote work pattern can be effective in service related or oriented companies. The effectiveness will however depend on the soundness of the leaders and managers of these companies who must be goal driven and technologically equipped to monitor work quality and performance. This company will benefit tremendously from it because of the reduced operational cost especially as it concerns energy.
A recent study on the effects of hybrid or remote work in Alberta and some other districts in Canada revealed that the nation’s GDP dropped . This was in particular reference to housing, tourism and merchandise sales strictly because staff who worked in Canada were no longer domiciled in Canada but in other countries and were working remotely. The direct implication was that monies generated in Canada were spent elsewhere !
Finally, I like to admit that hybrid or remote work can be achieved without losing the productivity of your staff IF we have a disciplined workforce, result-oriented management and performance monitors even though the economy of the immediate work environment will suffer the ripple effects.
Dr. Festus Odigie-Erewele
Managing Partner, Excel and Grace Consulting