Ann, a senior executive of an MNC, is not content with her 9 to 5 job monotony. She wants to break the barriers and give time to family, travel and discover many other things. But the thought of how will you sustain your lifestyle after leaving a job? A genuine question but there is an answer to it in today’s digital age.
There are people who have the flexibility and maintain a work-life balance with remote working. You may wonder, is it possible? The answer is affirmative. While sitting on the couch, sipping a coffee and at the comfort of your home, you can still work full time and earn a living. This is Remote Working- Future of Working.
Decades ago, this set up of working from home or any remote place wouldn’t even be given a thought by companies, which might still be the case today but with emerging tech and inclusive culture, things are gradually changing and have more flexibility. Today, some business or teams work completely remote while other employers allow working remotely at least once a week. This is just the beginning!
Remote Working - An Integral Part Of Modern Workspace
A few years ago, the idea of working remotely was a distant dream where people communicated with remote employees via fax, pager or phone to share ideas or connect. In fact, most of the remote employees were telemarketers or customer service agents.
Today the situation has changed dramatically. Remote Working is connected to a full-time career. Technology has changed the scenario where it affords us the ability to do the same jobs from any part of the world and be in contact with the client or co-workers at any time. There are a wide variety of online tools, devices, platforms, and solutions which encourages companies to give their employees an opportunity to work from home or hire talent from remote locations.
One of the most helpful technology is videoconferencing. It helps out-of-office to see and speak at any time and anywhere due to widespread broadband internet adoption. Another great platform is a shared office space or coworking space where remote employees can gather to work.
In the era of Gig economy, smart workers pick up specific tasks contractually, bring in fresh ideas and approach to their work. Laptops, smartphones and internet connection are the basic essential tools which a remote employee should have for the company to hire you regardless of geographical barriers.
Let’s look at some of the trends, and examples contributing to the growth of remote working.
No more traditional offices
Virtual office is the new office and more companies are on their way realizing that it is convenient, effective, and breeds innovation and productivity. Many startups are embracing 100% remote working.
Game of demand and supply
As per the study by Elance, more jobs are shifting from office spaces to the digital realm. Companies are embracing the remote work culture due to the growing pool of talented and affordable freelancers over the internet.
Example, Hewlett-Packard gets an average of 150-200 projects a month, for which they take outside help to work on the projects as it can be a lot of work pressure for their existing workforce.
They are not always effective and productive because when someone is talking either most people stop thinking or listening. However, the modern workforce is innovative, independent, collaborative and dynamic. Companies like Apple encourages them by asking their employees, irrespective of their position to present their idea after they have developed it and call for a meeting with relevant people to turn it into reality.
More remote projects
In reality, not all big companies will shift to virtual offices but they will encourage remote working. Big companies like Google introduced Google 20 Percent Project.
The idea is that it encourages its employees to devote 20% of their week to work on something other than their job description. This encouraged productivity and innovation, sparking Gmail. Google Maps etc
Support both remote and office workers
While there are fully remote companies (like Buffer) but according to the Buffer survey, 40% of companies support part of the team that is full time remote and part of the team works from office depending on the needs.
Benefits Of Remote Working
Remote working certainly provides flexibility. A flexible schedule allows you to juggle between work, hobbies, travel, family, and kids leading to positive work-life balance. However, there is a thin line between work and leisure and with discipline, this line can be maintained. According to a survey by Buffer, 40% of employees see flexibility as the biggest benefit.
2. More Fiscal Sense
Most workers feel working from home is more satisfying and productive. Remote working also has its cost attached like home internet, coworking space(for few) and yes, coffee but as per Buffer survey, 75% do not reimburse the internet cost. For companies, the HR costs, office utilities, and rentals are low and work retention is high allowing them to encourage remote working. Companies can have a bright and talented team without much investment.
3. No Commuting
According to psychologists, the morning and evening commute is the worst thing to do on a daily basis. Financial costs, time and energy take a toll. Remote working allows you to work from anywhere even if you are a digital nomad, working from home or a cafe nearby. You are location independent.
4. Innovation and Productivity
Remote working allows autonomy leading to innovation and productivity. Innovation needs trust and just doesn’t happen only in the boardroom. Companies allowing workers to work remotely are not permitting laziness but providing flexible hours and autonomy as fas as they are meeting deadlines. They convey a message that they hired as they trust them with the job to be done well.
5. Health Benefits
Remote working can be less stressful if done in a disciplined way. You can lead a healthy lifestyle with the freedom that comes with remote work. Healthy eating and exercise can a part of routine life.
Remote Work Predictions For 2020
1. Diversification for Communication
From Dropbox for file management to Slack fro messaging, Quire for project tracking to Github for code storage, remote working will be simpler and accessible with the use of a variety of tools to improve quality and productivity.
2. Standard Remote working technologies
Soon there will be a time where technologies used will be virtual. Even if the person is sitting next to you or on the same floor you will still use chatbots to collaborate on the thing they are working and virtual based models for training.
3. AI will help to manage remote staff
Artificial Intelligence will help remote workers to be connected 24*7 with game-changing tools that will keep them in line with the company’s goals, vision, and values. AI can help keep the remote workforce aligned to organizational timelines while helping if any lapses when the staff aren’t physically present.
4. VR conferencing
Experts believe that the future of the remote workforce is Augmented and Virtual Reality. The past decade has been in the stride of videoconferencing technology to exchange information and for regular contact but soon it will be passé. VR will take over where the idea is that you would see a person as if they were sending next to you and would be more fascinating than Videoconferencing. It is believed that projects will be envisioned, planned and prototyped within the virtual world, making the platform preferable for in-person communication.
Future Of Remote Working
The future of remote working is bright and positive. Effective talent, mobility program, and infrastructure will be important aspects for companies to succeed in the future. As remote work redefines modern workspace, it is important for businesses to look out for talent with the right platforms to collaborate as well as the leadership to create the right culture that encourages remote work.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) notes that future jobs are those that can be enhanced by technology like data analysis, software development, and social media which would need human traits like customer service, sales, HR, Training and development and these future friendly jobs are remote friendly jobs too. When compared to these high growth jobs, the top seven fields for remote jobs for 2020 are Computer and IT, Sales, Education and Training, Customer Service and HR.
People are polishing their skill sets by enrolling in online short programs that will help them to land a remote job. LinkedIn Learning reported its most popular online classes are project management, online marketing, time management, data analytics, data science, SEO and software programming which coincides with the most common remote jobs.
The above details prove that remote jobs- part time or full time is the future of working. We will see this trend growing in the future where more companies will support flexibility and productivity with new tools and protocols.
Now, it is for you to take the plunge and break the 9-5 monotony to experience the growing remote working culture. The stage is set and the world is your oyster!
About The Author
Neha is a content writer at Visual Deck who writes on the topics related to Content Creation and Marketing. Her journey started as a financial professional but she soon realized her passion for writing and is now living her dream as a content writer. She is geeky and friendly. Her goal is to enlighten the audience on various topics through her writing style.