The global pandemic of COVID-19 has tested businesses on how well they can adapt to unexpected changes. Remote working and connectivity have become the new norm and we don’t see this trend slowing down in the coming years. Virtual communication has in a literal sense become reality.
More and more employees are now shifting to working remotely. Remote working gives a number of advantages to an employee in terms of:
- The flexibility of working hours
- Saving commute costs and time
- Increase in productivity
- More comfort while working from home
Businesses are now grasping this concept and accordingly planning the future course of work. One of the challenges this crisis presents us is in terms of predicting what can the future trends in remote work be. But why do we need to predict these changes? It’s simply because the way an employee is going to work is about to get completely transformed. The focus is now going to shift more towards collaboration, adaptation, and democratization.
Once a business is able to identify certain remote work trends, it will be easier for them to acclimate them within their day-to-day practices. Here are a few remote work trends that will help you shape your business in 2020:
Remote Working Trends to Succeed in your Business:
1. Growth in the use of tools and resources
We are now moving into the era of virtual workspace taking over a physical workspace. Thus, one needs to be equipped with the necessary tools to carry out remote working smoothly. These tools are going to ensure that teams across different cities, continents, and time zones are connected effectively. Therefore, the trend of shifting towards remote working tools is definitely going to see a boom in the coming years. We have identified a few remote working tools that can help you in establishing effortless business processes.
2. A more adjustable working schedule
The working hours of your team will no longer be fixed. In other words, the working hours will no longer be defined as a 10 am-7 pm job. Flexible work hours are going to set the new trend for remote working. This essentially means that a person is going to follow a schedule that works best for them. This, in fact, means an increase in the productivity level of an employee since they are working according to hours which they feel would be personally productive.
3. Increased usage of connectivity through mobile
With the remote working setting in, we see that the trend of using Microsoft Teams, Skype, and other such communication tools has increased. Businesses are especially focussing on these apps being available on every team member’s mobile phones as well. The reason behind this pretty basic i.e. efficient communication at every hour of the day. The presence of such applications on mobile increases engagement between the team members since they don’t have to shift to another system to reply to a message. Thus, the trend of connectivity through mobile is going to take a pace this year.
4. Creating a diverse workforce
Physical workspace in a way inhibits the opportunity to hire a more diverse team. However, with a major shift towards remote working, businesses now have the freedom to create a more diverse workforce since they can hire employees from any part of the world. This also gives businesses the chance to expand their team in different parts of the world and create more networking and connectivity opportunity. You can read this blog to understand a few tips on hiring a remote worker.
5. Transformation in terms of engagement
The way in which communication and connectivity are established within an organization will be completely transformed. In fact, remote working will bring about better clarity in terms of communication and the speed and quality of learning will increase at a fast rate within the organization. There will be a better alignment in terms of setting goals and objectives and the tasks one is expected to perform will be better defined. Not only this, but such engagements will also ensure a system where value is constantly being added and along with due recognition being received.
Under the given circumstances, more and more businesses are shifting towards remote working. Many companies are still adjusting to the concept of working from home due to the nature of their business. It is a given that the IT sector will fit in best with this norm. Therefore, the main focus of most companies at present should be looking for ways to ensure effective integration of work and communication. One should slowly adapt to the trends mentioned above to keep up with the changing pace of remote working.
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