This article was first published on Forbes.com and authored by Chris Kemper, Environmentalist, Capitalist, Minimalist and Founder & CEO, Palmetto.
In the age of Covid-19, the work-from-home phenomenon has become a reality for anyone who can do their job with decent internet.
Before the pandemic, only about 7% of U.S. workers enjoyed the option to work from home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (via the WEF). Based on Zoom’s success these days, that figure has absolutely exploded in the wake of the pandemic.
But here’s the thing: Many will fail in this effort. Some companies that experiment with remote work will see nothing but a drain: listless employees, miscommunication and dropped balls. But the ones who do it right will experience such newfound freedom, both from a management and employee perspective, that they’ll never go back.
When done well, remote work can be an almost magical experience. At my solar tech company, working from home was an option long before Covid-19. It empowers us as a company. We’re able to hire top talent from anywhere regardless of locale, and our people have the freedom to balance home and family life as they see fit.
But it hasn’t always been easy. As the old cliche goes, with great freedom comes great responsibility, but it also gives a team the flexibility to become truly great if they have the right tools and framework in place to succeed on their own terms.