The global pandemic has led to the largest work-from-home revolution we have ever seen. Although essential businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, must retain in-person staff, many aspects of other companies are able to keep running smoothly even with an entirely remote team. Small businesses and major corporations alike are considering the potential benefits and drawbacks of allowing employees to work from home permanently if they’d like, even once the threat of COVID-19 is over.
Despite the global fears over the coronavirus, the World Health Organization asserts that stress is one of the biggest health epidemics of the 21st century. According to one study conducted by the WHO, 80% of American workers report feeling stressed out while working, and 42% of those surveyed stated that their co-workers would benefit from an improved work-life balance. Although stress can be an excellent motivator once in a while, chronic stress can lead to employee burnout, lower productivity, and a less positive work environment.
As states begin to gradually relax stay-at-home orders, business leaders need to begin forming clear guidelines to reintroduce their employees to the workplace. Reopening too quickly or striving to return to the way things were before the Covid-19 pandemic could have detrimental impacts on your company and your team.
The spread of coronavirus has the potential to cause thousands of industries and businesses to close their doors for good, but this global pandemic also holds an opportunity for those who are quick enough to adapt to the changing market needs. For instance, many restaurants remain open for curbside pickup and free delivery to continue earning revenue. Other small businesses have updated their websites to make buying their beloved products easier than ever.
With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spreading across the globe, employers are strongly advised to have their employers work from home instead of coming into the office. Practicing social distancing, as recommended by the CDC, will help prevent the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus from person-to-person contact.