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Background

Chatting Over Coffee

In 2018, 5.2% of employed persons aged 15 to 64 in the

European Union (EU) usually worked from home.

This share has remained constant at around 5%

throughout the last decade (Eurostat).

Following the impact of the COVID pandemic working from

home some of the time, or hybrid working, has become

"the norm" for many companies after the pandemic, says

global workspace provider IWG. Firms will be looking to save money and be more environment-friendly by using less office space, said IWG chief executive Mark Dixon.

Given this situation workplaces need to iron out issues with their remote working capability, accessing these systems from home can be a serious challenge – not least because of the network pressures and outages reported by some internet and mobile network providers during the early weeks of nationwide remote working.

Remote working policies need to be defined and procedures put in place to ensure smooth operations if technical difficulties arise. These technology issues make it vital that both staff and Managers need appropriate training and support to make working from home technologically effective and efficient.

Managers and employees will need to rethink workflow, supervision, motivation, human relations, trust, conflict management, training, and growth.

Our major objective was to develop support programmes for staff working from home and their Managers and will concentrate on the issues of (i) technology (ii) staff welfare and (iii) how to manage staff working from home e.g., to keep those staff working from home as healthy and productive as possible.

 

The technology issues make it vital that both staff and Managers have appropriate training and support to make working from home technologically effective and efficient.

This ePlatform and its contents have been developed as a result of a multi-organisational 2-year European Union funded project .

Project Partners 

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