How Virtual Offices Help Boost Employee Engagement, Part 4NEW YORK—All week we’ve been looking the various ways virtual offices can help boost employee engagement. This exploration is in the light of a Towers Watson study that reveals only 63 percent of the U.S. workforce is fully engaged.
The Towers Watson study points to specific actions employers can take to address the elements missing for these individuals in the work environment, putting solutions directly within companies' control. Although the study doesn’t specifically mention alternative workplace strategies like virtual offices, some of the suggestions may be byproducts of virtual office use.
"There is a real imperative for change right now. The risks of continuing to manage with traditional practices are just too great from a performance perspective,” says Julie Gebauer, managing director of Talent and Rewards at Towers Watson.
“By taking actions to address identified gaps, organizations will be able to move some of the unsupported and detached to engaged—and likely experience a measurable and positive impact on financial performance."
Here are some key findings from the study and how virtual offices may help:
Only 47% agree there are no substantial obstacles to getting their job done well. Virtual office technologies can help remove some of the obstacles to getting the job done efficiently, especially on the communications front.
Slightly more than half (53%) don't feel their organization makes it possible for them to have a healthy balance between work and personal life. Virtual offices are known to help employees realize better work-life balance.
Just under a third (30%) say they're bothered by excess pressure on the job. Virtual offices can help by giving employees an opportunity to telecommute one or more days a week, especially during major creative projects that require high levels of concentration.