Remote work isn’t for everyone… who on your team will flourish (and who won’t)?

Shiran Danoch | I/O Psychologist

September 23, 2020

Remote work is here to stay, at least for now. According to a recent Gartner report, 74% of companies – including the likes of Slack, Facebook, Twitter and Shopify – plan to permanently move to more remote work going forward. 

This trend isn’t surprising given the benefits of remote work: employers can decrease costs dramatically by reducing office space. Employees are often delighted by the improvement in work-life balance. And when these benefits are achieved without sacrificing performance, that’s a clear win-win.

However, while some people flourish working from home, enjoying a commute-free life and other work-life balance perks, others see their performance plummet when working remotely. In just one example, shown in the chart below, three employees working at the same insurance company displayed markedly different responses to working remotely, ranging from a significant increase in work productivity to a major decrease in performance. 

So who should work from home?

While it is clear that not everyone has the same experience – and outcome – working from home, the question is: how can you, as an employer, know who will do well and who won’t?

From our work across industries, we have identified five key factors that impact success in working from home, which you should consider – and quantify – when determining if an employee is a good fit for working from home. Some of the questions are relatively straightforward, such as assessing whether an employee has an appropriate work environment at home. Others are more nuanced, as they speak to soft skills and motivations, which are critically important to this new work style. 

Remote Work Success - Top Factors to Consider  

*E: Employee as data source

*M: Manager as data source

*P: Performance data 

Empirical’s Co-Founder and CPO, Shiran Danoch, recently discussed this topic in a webinar held by Littler, the leading global employment and labor law practice. To hear Shiran’s take, and get more insights on how to best assess who will flourish working remotely, listen HERE. 

Stay posted on Empirical’s research and insights from the hiring trenches. Or reach out to us if you have any comments, questions, or you want to learn more.

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