The New Era of Remote Work: Workforce Trends
COVID-19 marked a before and after for individuals from a personal perspective and companies of various sizes. We have all made changes in our daily tasks and in the way we work.
Since companies began with remote work, the question is whether this type of work is here to stay. According to a global study published by our business partner Dell Technologies, which analyzes changes in organizations in response to accelerating demands, the following trends in the workforce will arise soon:
- With the adoption of remote working, organizations and industries that were once lagging are catching up and discovering new opportunities to innovate and be more inclusive. Smaller organizations seem to enjoy better advantages that could help them compete with larger organizations.
- Fears about the transition to remote work did not materialize. On the contrary; organizations and individuals perceived benefits that it will be difficult to renounce too now that they have successfully adapted to their new work culture. Employee’s productivity has increased from normal to drastic in most economic sectors. The fear of losing contact with work teams did not materialize. The work teams did more to keep their colleagues informed of the progress.
- The ability to work remotely is now perceived much more as a requirement, even within “traditional” organizations and industries. After appreciating the benefits, many people now consider a remote work option a critical component of the employee’s
- Organizations predict significant cost savings from remote work. Smaller, high-performing organizations plan to reinvest those savings in crucial areas of the business. Among the areas the savings forecast to be invested are:
- Updating Technology
- Product or service innovation (ex. research and development)
- Employee programs (ex. diversity, equity, and inclusion)
In conclusion, remote work is almost certainly here to stay one way or another. Respondents within the study agreed that their organizations are experiencing the benefits of remote working and cannot go back to the way things were. More than half of the respondents expect their organization to decrease its physical space (ex. traditional office space) in a standard or significant way during this time. The response to the pandemic has given companies the impetus they needed to adopt a remote work model. They have seen firsthand that people can work together efficiently, even remotely.
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