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    Have you been working from home during the pandemic? In theory, it’s a great idea — a relaxed environment, no commuting, maybe even flexible working hours. But how’s the reality? Probably light years away from that ideal! Read on to find out why.

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    Remote Work Should Be (Mostly) Asynchronous

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    What’s the deal: The Corona-related work-from-home edict, forced on millions of employees around the world, should have been a dream come true — no commuting; a more relaxed environment; for many, a chance for more flexible working patterns.

    Companies took the opportunity to accelerate their digitalization plans, implemented the latest remote-working technology, and assumed that the result would be more efficiency and happy employees.

    Unfortunately, the reality is somewhat different — longer working hours, 24/7 availability, back-to-back Zoom calls, constant electronic interruptions.

    Why it matters: Employees are stressed; output and quality of work is suffering.

    Digital tools only reap benefits if they are used effectively. In simply moving their offices online, companies forgot that successful remote working demands completely new attitudes and ways of working.

    Our take: It’s not only about technology when it comes to remote work. There are some excellent tools available, but corporate leaders must consider how (and when!) they will utilize them. A number of new tools for asynchronous communication are now available. To avoid constant Zoom fatigue, businesses should begin experimenting with these.

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