Even before Covid-19, remote work was rapidly increasing due to advanced technology capabilities and Internet coverage. Looking at the statistics, we see that a lot of companies embraced the change, from 2005 to 2017, there has been a 159% increase of remote work. Now, at the time of pandemic, those rates skyrocketed. Looking at this increase and recent research [LINK], workforce will not be the same as before pandemic. What we predict is a new dynamic in business world where remote work becomes a new standard, or a mixed model is used where working from home and going to office is well-balanced.
Salesforce Research recently published data using Tableau Interactive Dashboard to better understand the outlook of remote work.
- About 69% off respondents believe that the pandemic will permanently change the nature of their work
- About 66% believe that their skill set is up to date
When asked about productivity, communication and collaboration with colleagues while working remotely, more than 80% of responders rated those aspects as excellent or good.
Another set of questions indicates that people are even more productive while working remotely.
Who are those professionals who can work remotely?
In the past, remote work was mostly common for customer service jobs. Later, and now especially, it is gaining more popularity in other sectors such as Technology, IT, Healthcare, Sales and Education. Working remotely gives businesses an access to a huge pool of talents from all over the world. If you are a business owner and still skeptical about remote work, then you can try to implement flexible work from home policy. This will allow employees to work 2 or 3 days from home and commute to the office the rest of the days.
1. The reduced costs for businesses
With people working from home, businesses can save a lot money by scaling down office space and reducing fixed costs. There will be no need for the office furniture, coffee machine, snacks and paper/office supplies. On a green side, just think about how many trees you can save by cutting down office printing!
2. Happier and, as a result, more productive employees
When your employees work from home, they don’t need to commute which will save a lot of time and gas money. Instead they can focus more on important fulfilling things like family, hobbies or self-care which will contribute to improving their life-work balance.
3. There are tools available that make remote work productive and painless
In 2020, there is no need to worry about lack of communication between team members. There are many apps with remote admin capabilities that keep people connected. Most popular ones are Teams, Slack, Skype, Zoom and Google hangouts. To successfully track team’s progress and effectiveness, you can use software such as Planner, Trello and Asana. Cloud technology made it possible for businesses to remotely store, access and share company’s files and resources from anywhere. Modern IT makes remote workforce easy and extremely effective.
If you want to try remote work for your business, we are here to help. We will make your experience smooth and secure with 24/7 IT and Cloud support. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to helping you thrive.