Top Ten Challenges of Working Remotely

Companies which cut through frustrations could turn adversity into an advantage…

Connectivity experts 99&One have revealed that missing social interaction (27%) is the top pitfall of working from home.

Research among 2,016 flexible workers, carried out before the crisis revealed other downsides experienced by employees include greater pressure to prove productivity (24%), frustration with colleague response times (18%) and connectivity issues (17%).

All the top ten challenges reinforce the need for companies to put business culture first, and to enable better connectivity, collaboration and productivity:

Top Ten Challenges of Working Remotely

  1. Missing social interaction (27%)
  2. Feeling the need to prove productivity (24%)
  3. Colleagues taking longer to respond (18%)
  4. Connectivity issues (17%)
  5. Feeling disconnected from colleagues (16%)
  6. Feeling out of sight, out of mind (16%)
  7. Feeling out the loop with what is going on across the business (15%)
  8. Getting distracted even more than being in the office (15%)
  9. Relying on technology too heavily (14%)
  10. Feeling isolated (12%)

Keeping Teams Connected

Part of the current problem is that people are relying on technology they have never used before. Instant messaging, shared documents, cloud-based collaboration tools, video conferencing and audio conferencing have become critical to interacting with colleagues and getting work done.

However, 99&One’s research reveals that training can ease the sudden shift to remote work. Employees which get sufficient training on remote working technologies are five times happier (56%) at work than those who are not offered any support (11%). Trained workers are also more than twice as likely (45% compared to 18%) to say that they get more work done in the same amount of time when working flexibly.

Steve Haworth, CEO, 99&One, comments: Since Covid-19 hit, everything has changed. Companies have had to adapt fast to get the most basic technology in place. The priority has been getting enough functioning devices, headsets and chargers to minimise tech frustrations and keep workers productive.

“It’s clear now that we’re in this for the long haul, and many organisations will never revert back to old ways of working. Forward thinking leaders will start to shift their attention to optimising home technology to provide better connectivity, collaboration and productivity. Helping employees to overcome some of the biggest barriers to successful remote working – ensuring continued productivity and profitability.”