Post-pandemic work environment: office or home office?

In 2020, with the declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the work environment was radically changed, since the adaptation to home office and hybridization went from differentials to essential elements for the survival of businesses. In Brazil, the survey FIA Employee Experience (FEEx), conducted by the Institute of Administration Foundation (FIA) with 213 companies throughout the country, showed that about 90% of them have adopted remote work on some scale. 

However, the gradual success of restrictive measures and vaccination has again put under discussion the future of the work environment. Despite the challenges of the home office, this work model pleased a large portion of the population, who saw an opportunity for less stress, more comfort and also a greater economy. On the other hand, it is a fact that companies have entered into doubt about whether such benefits identified by the worker are, in fact, reversed in gains to the employer, such as productivity and seriousness. In this scenario, some pioneering organisations in the quality of life at work market, such as Google and Facebook, have already shown their unwillingness to make their production chain completely flexible, preferring to maintain the balance between office and remote work. 

It must be clear that there is no standard ideal work regime, because each business model and market niche has its specificities, which may favor one or another strategy. In order to help your company make the best decision in this regard, the following aspects may be considered. 

Home office: 

Remote working regime that offers its adepts an opportunity to save more time, since it saves the time spent in commuting to work; and money, since it eliminates expenses, such as fuel. In addition, the home office also provides greater comfort and flexibility of schedules. On the other hand, this form of work brings greater social isolation, because there is no personal contact with co-workers, and impose more distractions, especially family ones, and a greater difficulty to “disconnect from work”, a phenomenon known as full time job. 

Office: 

More traditional form of work, which involves maintaining a fixed physical environment. It is known for imposing greater responsibility and formality to work; however, it allows a closer contact between colleagues, besides the determination of a proper place for work issues, which facilitates the separation between the personal and the professional. 

Based on this, it is possible to make a balance between the advantages and disadvantages to finally find the best solution. It is worth mentioning that there is also the combination between these two work regimes, a concept known as work hybridization. 

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Article by Pedro Yunes, intern of GCS Consultoria & Auditoria.

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