Remote work has always been a possibility since the advent of the internet but it was not widespread until the pandemic. It was due to the misconception that remote work decreases flexibility and encourages slacking off. This misconception was proven wrong by recent studies which show that productivity increases when working from home. The possibility of remote work has been talked about since the 1990s and has the time finally come for the era of remote work because of the pandemic?
What are businesses planning to do?
Many big companies have expressed their intention after the pandemic. Will businesses call their employees back to the office? Would they want them to come to the office on certain days of the week? Will they continue the remote trend?
Facebook has already declared that it will permanently shift tens of thousands of work to remote. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said up to half of the employees would work remotely within 5 to 10 years. Amazon, Twitter, Coinbase, Microsoft and many others are following suite. On the other hand, some are, at least, proposing hybrid-remote scenario. In conclusion, yes, remote work is here to stay. It will not say goodbye when the corona virus does.
Gartner, a global research firm, conducted a survey in which
According to survey of 669 CEOs done by the pwc,
Businesses are already trying to change their business models, incorporating teleworking and flexible hours. Not only CEOs and managers, even the employees themselves prefer to work from wherever they want because it increases employee experience.
What are the advantages of remote work?
Research done by the Global Work Place Analytics show that working remotely:
Improves Employee Satisfaction
Employees report that flexible hours offered by working remotely help them better balance their professional and personal lives.
It is due to the fact that there are less interruptions by other employees and meetings. Time and energy spent on commuting is transferred to working.
Expands the talent pool
It has become easier to look for talents not only in their local zones but all around the world.
Hiring and losing employees cost money. Remote work reduces this cost.
Decreases pointless meetings
People plan better for online meetings and it is structured so the meeting stays on point.
Increases employment opportunity
Employment opportunity for disabled people, stay-at-home moms and other discriminated groups is increased.
Reduces traffic jam
Many employees say that traffic is getting worse and worse and commuting takes a lot of their time and energy. Telecommuting solves this problem and other secondary advantages come with it, such as reduced commuting costs, less accidents and reduced traffic jam in general.
Remote work is going to stay, not because the circumstances forced us. It is beneficial experientially, financially and even environmentally. Businesses are trying to adapt to this new way rather than thinking of going back to the pre-covid times. It is time for employees to change and adapt too.
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