Smythe: the pros and cons of remote working | Workers’ Compensation News


Through Lee ann smythe

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 0

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March 2020, the employment landscape has changed dramatically and forever.

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The transition from office to remote work was a necessity for most office businesses that needed to maintain their operations. Many large companies have realized the mutual benefits of remote working for their employees and are now offering hybrid working models on a permanent basis.

The benefits are numerous for both employers and employees.

Remote working offers greater control over when and where tasks are performed, greater independence and eliminates wasted time stuck in traffic while commuting, to name a few. Some employers are able to reduce the expense of renting office space for workers, many of whom are now working remotely.

While there are significant benefits to remote working, there are also some challenges to telecommuting for employees, but also creative ways to adapt.

For example, isolation is one of the most common disadvantages of remote working, as the absence of physical colleagues can lead to loneliness, despite promoting focus and productivity. Most people need social interaction, and remote working doesn’t provide that important connection with coworkers. The solution to this isolation is to take advantage of phone calls and office visits to stay in touch with others.

The flexibility of remote working can do wonders for work-life balance, but also presents the risk of leaving home workers always feeling ‘on’ because work tasks are literally just around the corner or away. in the next room.

There are several ways to create a separation between professional and private activities, such as:

  • Decorate a home office differently from the rest of the house to provide a visual cue.
  • Close the office door when you’re done working for the day to resist the temptation to do just one more task.
  • Switch off electronic devices at the end of the working day.

There may still be misconceptions about remote working and stereotypes that home workers might not work as hard due to the lack of formal structure. Working remotely always requires responsible time management, accountability, and distraction management.

Employers are still able to monitor productivity, but now they are doing it through technology as it looks like the continued growth of telecommuting as a viable employment option is here to stay as we enter this new era. Virtual.

Questions about specific dates of non-witnessed injuries while working from home will most likely arise and lead to AOE / COE questions as to whether these injuries were really “after-hours” injuries that could fall under the watchful eye. back and forth rule. Fortunately, at Bradford & Barthel we cover all of this and will continue to monitor and report on the evolution of remote working in the modern age.

Lee Ann Smythe is a workers’ compensation lawyer at the Los Angeles location of Bradford & Barthel. This entry from Bradford & Barthel’s Blog appears with permission.

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