Telecommuting Best Practices Prior and During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bezovski, Zlatko and Temjanovski, Riste and Sofijanova, Elenica (2021) Telecommuting Best Practices Prior and During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Economics. ISSN 1857-9973

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Telecommuting, a work practice where work tasks are conducted away from a central office, was introduced in mid-1970’s. While the telecommuting practices were steadily rising during the succeeding decades, they were not brought to prominence till recently. The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns all around the world put many companies and employees in a position to implement work-from-home (WFH) practices, where most of the actors where not completely prepared. The experiences from these “forced” experiments range from completely positive to highly negative. Emerging studies suggest that the positive experiences motivate the companies and individuals to practice telecommuting even after the pandemic ends. In this paper we examine evidenced positive and negative aspects of telecommuting prior and during the pandemic in order to develop a list of best practices that could help companies and employees get the most out of the WFH as long as the pandemic lasts and after it ends. The areas of concern important for telecommuting we observe, include but are not limited to technology use, personal traits, working schedule, workspace, communication and management issues, work-life balance, socialization and wellbeing etc. The 7 best practices we pinpoint in our research address issues in one or more of the telecommuting areas of concern.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: UDC 331.102-027.553]:616.98:578.834}-036.21(100)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Economics and business
Divisions: Faculty of Economics
Depositing User: Zlatko Bezovski
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2021 10:25
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2021 10:25

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