The global lockdown caused by COVID19 in the first quarter of 2020 meant that companies were forced to adjust to their employees working remotely, an idea at which, just a decade ago, most employers balked.
While remote work once caused many concerns for employers, one major concern was that remote work led to loss of productivity – the ability of many companies to adjust to the lockdown saved businesses and kept people working during a near economic meltdown.
While research(1) has shown that remote workers actually spend more monthly days working than office workers do, and spend less time being unproductive during the day, how can employees and employers ensure that remote workers maintain a life-work balance?
The advent of technology has meant that we are able stay perpetually connected – to family, friends, clients, colleagues – throughout the day. Yet, when we spend the days connected to colleagues slung halfway across the world through video conferences, and spend the evenings connecting with friends via Instagram or Facebook, at what point do we unplug and decompress?
Whereas a few years ago, it was easy to segment professional life from personal life – because they were in two physical locations – it has become increasingly difficult for remote workers to do so, because both ‘places’ are now contained within the home.
(1) The Benefits of Working From Home – Airtasker
(2) Managing Human Resources. Belcourt, Singh, Snell & Morris. (2020).
Many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat and cover their fixed costs, such as rent and insurance, while taking a negative impact on their revenues. Government assistance has emerged to help businesses pay for their rent, but many have had their fate put into the hands of their landlords to apply for the assistance. The new Canadian Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) is being introduced to provide rent relief for businesses and allows these businesses to apply to the assistance directly as opposed to waiting for their landlords to do so.