Of course, moving the office and our work schedules to our homes come with a couple of new challenges and feats to cross. Busy schedules, planning trips to the supermarket, keeping our children active and entertained between zoom classes, and more. The work/life balance was a puzzle that required active attention and effort in order to complete the image.
But there’s no doubt that working from home also introduced a number of unseen perks into the workplace that companies and business leaders should carry over into day-to-day operations once offices open up. These perks have proven to increase happiness and general well-being within employees. These benefits should be considered when strategizing which policies and procedures should be maintained in order to maintain this wellbeing and foster greater strength in the employer/employee relationship.
And though there are plenty of studies that equate employee happiness with increased productivity. A recent survey organized by Avaya polled a number of professionals who were forced to work from home throughout 2020 due to the pandemic. 27% of those polled stated that they were happier working from home, 56% sharing that a sort of workfrom-home-and-in-office approach has the potential to improve well-being.
The study also revealed that a great number of workers felt like they were trapped in monotony in regards to their life outside of work. As people return to the workforce and continue their work, the need to meet people where they currently are, and provide them with the opportunity to set their schedule, choose their surroundings, and encourage greater flexibility in their professional lives will do wonders to productivity for a company. All in all, studies show that a proactive approach to mental health has a great effect on combating burnout in the workforce.
Working from home has shaved down the time it takes to commute to and from work, cut down the cost of travel, introduced greater flexibility in time management, and more. These changes, which can feel incremental and small out of context, add up to a greater picture for employees. They give more time to employees to pursue the interests and relaxation of their free time outside of the work schedule while showing them that their employers do care about their overall happiness and wellbeing outside of the office or workplace.
Returning to the office gives business leaders a chance to look at their pre-pandemic policies and procedures. Comb through the way your business runs and think of the various ways that changes in these policies could result in a greater outcome for your employees. It may be summer but it’s never too late to do some much-needed spring cleaning.
I implore fellow business leaders to take a pledge. Pledge that we’ll prioritize our employees and their wellbeing as we continue to return to the office and return to some sense of normalcy. Take note of the types of issues they are facing on a day-to-day basis. Understand that issues are unlikely to be isolated events and that giving your employees time and flexibility in their approach to these issues will help you better understand how to solve future problems as they come up.
We have power in the way we can support, encourage, and inspire. But that only comes in time and through vigilant effort on our part. And I promise you, we will all be better for it. ∎ LORRAINE D’ALESSIO
Founder of D’Alessio Law Group www.awarenessties.us/lorraine-dalessio Founding partner of D’Alessio Law Group, Lorraine was named the 2017 Leader in Law by the Los Angeles Business Journal and is the recipient of the 2018 Enterprising Women Award. A former Ford model turned legal powerhouse, Lorraine is a multi-award-winning, immigration expert who regularly contributes to the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Business Journal, Playback and other leading outlets in the U.S.. Lorraine has provided counsel to hundreds of prominent and award-winning entertainment agencies, unions, private companies, academic institutions, tech startups, entrepreneurs and enterprises, and has worked on highly successful refugee and deportation cases with immigrant communities across Los Angeles.
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