Working from home in 2020 - Lessons learned to leverage these learnings going forward as emerging leaders and a remote office workforce
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AbstractThis paper summarises some of the data that has been collected and presented in various contemporary articles on the challenges organisations and office workers have faced while working from home (WFH). What Bernstein, Blunden, Brodsky, Sohn and Waber call the largest experiment in history has already produced initial sets of data about how productive the workforce was in their home offices, and how happy or unhappy employees were while working from home. Productivity and employee happiness have always been focal points in the discussion about working from home. Before the pandemic hit, one of the biggest fears in many organisations was that WFH would negatively impact employee productivity, and employees were likewise sceptical about how one could separate private and working life in a healthy manner while working from home. The scope of this paper is about how working from home or anywhere has impacted employees and organizations. The data collected to-date indicates a decline in wellbeing and engagement and highlights a need for leaders and office workers to become more adept in managing their needs to continue to thrive in the workplace. Coaching can be one means to support and enhance this learning and development process and help ease the transition into the workplace of the future.
CitationFranzen-Waschke, U. (2021). Working from home in 2020–Lessons learned to leverage these learnings going forward as emerging leaders and a remote office workforce. In Proceedings of the first GiLE4Youth International Conference: The Development of Competencies for Employability (pp. 16-23). GiLE Journal of Skills Development. https://www.doi.org/10.56611/conf.proc.2021.1.16-23.
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