The national lockdown has forced many South Africans to adapt to an unfamiliar work-from-home-model.  But this is not just the case for South Africans.  This has become a worldwide phenomenon as people across the world retreated into the safety of their homes amid the outbreak of the Coronavirus.  For many of us the work-from-home-model was a foreign concept, leaving us struggling to find a new work-life balance.  But others showed minimal resistance to the transition and in fact welcomed the prospect of transformation, enthusiastically testing the work-from-home-model whilst making gradual progress in creating a new business model for the future.  A model which will produce more flexibility and freedom.  A model that will allow us to spend more time with our families, focus on our health and fitness, study further or even turn our hobbies into a side-hustle, ultimately allowing us to live fulfilled, happier, better and bigger lives.  But is there a general consensus among South Africans when it comes to whether the work-from-home-model is here to stay?

MyBroadband conducted their “Working from Home 2020” survey during the month of April.  This survey compiled a report based on input from 2348 participant readers.  The results of the survey were quite interesting, providing valuable insight into the market.

  • 87% of participants said they are working from home during the national lockdown.
  • 73% of tech-savvy participants want to continue working from home post national lockdown.
  • 74% of participants said they feel more productive working from home.

Although the sample of this survey might be too small to provide a true indication of how South Africans feel about the work-from-home-model, it does provide food for thought.  Employers / Business owners can no longer ignore the fact that there is a growing desire among employees to have a more flexible work schedule.  And this desire will continue to increase as more people settle into a healthy work-life balance and start enjoying the freedom (once permitted to move around freely again) and flexibility the work-from-home-model offers.  Always remember – happy and healthy employees are productive employees.

But as with everything in life, the work-from-home-model is not without challenges.  On the downside it creates isolation and team morale may suffer.  It could also cause employees to become overworked and emotionally ill.  Ideally, we want to create a hybrid-working model by embracing a combination of the work-from-home-model whilst still retaining the office culture.  But how do we do this?

In the words of motivational speaker, writer and business coach, Erik Kruger – “commit to the detour”.  This lockdown can be seen as either a detour or a pit-stop.  Those who regard this time as a pit-stop will be left behind.  Those who have used this time to embrace the detour, who have found new ways to work and committed themselves to grow and overcome its obstacles, will come out of this time well ahead of the rest.

It is up to us what we make of this challenging time.  Do we just get by for the time-being and risk falling behind or do we evolve and become better versions of ourselves and build better businesses for the future?  I want to share some inspiration and motivate you to start thinking outside the box.  Erik Kruger has written two e-books since the beginning of lockdown.  In these two books you will find, as I have, the inspiration you need to start transforming yourself and your business and for becoming a forward-thinking leader of the future.

We would like to hear what you have been doing differently during these times in an attempt to evolve and keep your business going from strength to strength.

Author:

Liza Moorcroft

SAIBA: BA (SA) & SAIT: GTP

Sources:

Survey information: MyBroadband

Instant Evolution – Erik Kruger

Lockdown Leadership – Erik Kruger

 

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