Coronavirus impact: Lessons learned from working at home during COVID-19 pandemic

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Lessons from working at home during COVID-19
Are you working from home? How has it been working for you? For many, working at home has turned out well during the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- For many, working from home has turned out well during the novel coronavirus pandemic. A survey by Global Workplace Analytics says 77 percent would like to continue to work from home at least once a week after the pandemic, while only six percent said they wouldn't.

There are downsides, which companies and employees are considering as they think about moving forward. Security is one of them.

"If I am using my computer to log into my office, and then I share it with my kid or my wife and she is browsing something else and she gets a virus, that virus can infect the whole network," said Gautam Goswani, executive vice president at TeamViewer, which offers companies a wide range of solutions for remote working.

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Another problem they've identified is the endless work day in which there's no defined start or end time. His company builds breaks and reminders into software programs. Some even will cut off access after a certain time to prevent burnout and fatigue.

Another unforeseen issue - today's college graduates. Working at home means no orientation when hired. No chance to meet the team face to face. And learning new software programs.

"Understand that you won't know how things work in a new organization and with new software systems. And when that happens, raise your hand, ask for the tools that can help you in that," said Vispi daver, senior vice president at Whatfix.

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Employers are starting to plan how best to bring some employees back to the office. Distancing means a need to limit how many can work in existing space. In some cases, companies are asking staff for their preference. If they are, Vispi Daver says, employees need to speak up.

"If work from home is not working for you, you're not as productive as you would like to be, do raise your hand and say, hey, you want to be among that first batch that needs to get back in," he said.

The workplace has changed at home and at the office after weeks of seeing what works and what doesn't.

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