With social distancing guidelines in effect, many companies are turning to remote working to ensure continued productivity. According to a recent article from National Mortgage News, a Quicken executive believes that this trend of remote working will remain post-coronavirus, though there may be some changes to how it is implemented.
We spoke to Jay Farner, CEO of Quicken Loans, and asked him what he thought about the future of the workplace. “The one thing we know for sure is this pandemic has changed the workplace,” he said. “I think a lot of our assumptions were wrong a few months ago. We used to think that employees wanted to be in the office five days a week, but now we’re seeing that they can be just as productive from home.”
Farner believes that the office will still have its place in the future, but he believes that employers should look at remote working as an opportunity to make their employees more productive. “I think an employer should look at remote working as a tool,” he said. “We can use it to give employees more flexibility, which is great for morale. It can also help us become more agile and adaptive, because if something changes quickly, we can be ready to respond.”
Farner says that the key to successful remote working is communication. “We have to make sure that our teams have the right technology and infrastructure in place,” he said. “We also need to foster a culture where everyone feels like they’re connected and communicating with each other. We should use video conferencing and collaboration tools to ensure that everyone is on the same page and working together effectively.”
It is clear that remote working is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Companies should take this opportunity to examine their policies and ensure that they are providing the necessary tools and support for their employees. Communication is key for the success of any remote working arrangement and employers should emphasize this in all their policies and procedures. With the proper resources in place, remote working can increase morale, productivity, and agility, making it a valuable tool for businesses in the post-coronavirus world.
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way people work, forcing many to start working remotely if they are able. Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner believes that this trend of remote working is here to stay, and that employers should take this opportunity to make their employees more productive. To do so, they need to ensure that their teams have the proper technology and infrastructure in place, and foster a culture where everyone feels connected and able to communicate effectively. Communication is key for the success of any remote working arrangement, and should be emphasized in all company policies and procedures. While Farner admits that the office will still serve a purpose in the future, employers should not underestimate the value of remote working to increase morale, productivity, and agility. With the right preparation, remote working can be an invaluable tool for businesses in the post-coronavirus world.
This article was contributed on Jul 05, 2023