Is Remote Work the Way of the Future?
The year 2020 has turned out to be far different than anyone could have ever expected. Outside of essential services, the survival of many businesses now rely on their ability to run remotely. Remote work is now one of the best and only ways a business can survive through these trying times.
But even before COVID-19, remote working was starting to flourish and become a worldwide phenomenon.
Let’s dive into how remote work has transformed from optional to essential.
Growing Populations = Increased Commuting Time and Costs
With the populations of our major cities increasing at a rapid rate and the methods of transportation to and from work becoming increasingly strained, many businesses started looking at ways to diminish travel time, expenses and stress that derives from commuting to and from work each day. This is one of the reasons remote work options started to come into play.
The Benefits of having a Remote Workplace for Businesses
Many employers have been choosing to have remote workplace environments for many reasons including:
- lower operating costs,
- the advancement of tools and technology,
- improved productivity and quality of work and;
- access to a broader spectrum of qualified workers.
Leadership and Communication in the Remote Workplace
As stated above, there are many benefits for companies who choose to create remote work environments for their employees. The key to having success in these remote working situations relies heavily on two things; Communication and Leadership.
Remote work success starts at the top of a company’s organizational chart – the Leadership. It’s up to the leaders to set the bar for policies, and procedures in remote work.
There should be a clear and well laid out structure of supervision to motivate work from home employees and aspire them to hit their productivity goals and provide them with flexibility at the same time so they can create the perfect work-life balance.
Strong communication is key to the success of any company but due to the lack of physical accessibility in a remote work environment, having clear communication protocol is essential.
Two considerations when laying out your policies and procedures for communication include; access to important information and the right tools and software to communicate with.
Remote Work as an Emerging and Essential Trend
Ten years ago, remote work was almost unheard of. This is because over the past decade there has been some key technological advances made and an influx of software options available for remote workers that has made running a remote work environment much easier and affordable to implement.
In some cases, it would cost a company more to NOT work remotely and have to source out office space, equipment and other in house essentials.
One of the biggest challenges for employers on the fence between remote work and in office work environments is not having the ability to monitor and implement strategies for sustaining productivity amongst their employees.
Some case studies however, have emerged reporting favorable findings that remote workers are more productive than in-office workers. Take CoSo Cloud for example; their survey reported a 77% increase in productivity within their remote workers.
COVID-19 and Remote Work
Many years ago, remote work was not an option because of the lack of the right equipment and technology to do so.
Fortunately, we are in a position to transition to remote work almost immediately which helps sustain a business when faced with a crisis like COVID-19.
Not only has this type of work become essential for our economy, but it’s also important to the health and safety of helping businesses survive.
Remote work can help businesses operate while governments have been closing non-essential service storefronts and emphasizing the practice of social distancing and self isolation.
What the Future Holds for Remote Work …
There is an endless amount of software offerings that support almost every aspect of business from logistics to accounting to marketing to sales and customer service.
Of course some exceptions to remote work abilities include businesses that rely on human to human physical contact such as health and wellness companies and manufacturing facilities.
For those companies in a position where remote work is a possibility, NOW is the time to do so.
The key takeaway to this article is that time is of an essence and there is no time for debate. The future IS in remote work environments in order to sustain non-essential businesses that would be forced to shut down if not providing remote work environments.
The Benefits to Doing so far Exceed the Setbacks.
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