The Future of Remote Work
In the past, working from home was marred by a bad reputation. Many employers believed their workforce would be too distracted at home, where managers couldn't keep an eye on their direct reports. ...
In the past, working from home was marred by a bad reputation. Many employers believed their workforce would be too distracted at home, where managers couldn't keep an eye on their direct reports. However, recent events have spurred thousands of companies to rethink their stance completely.
Remote work was pretty uncommon a decade ago. Working from home was usually only available as a special arrangement, and it was practiced mostly by teams that didn't require a physical office space.
What was once unique for digital businesses such as web agencies, designers and developers, has spread throughout different industries, and is practiced by companies both big and small.
Companies that are aware of the possibilities to organize work digitally are becoming very vocal in support of this change. It's no longer a question of whether you can make your remote teams more productive or not - businesses are quickly moving into the realm of optimizing every aspect of their remote operations.
What's a workplace, anyway?
The shifting perception of what a workplace is has been a cause of many remote working trends we see today. For employees, it's all about having a comfortable place to do their best work. The benefits of remote working for employers is all about keeping costs low and minimizing overhead. More workers in the field mean less demand for office space.
But wait, what about productivity?
Improved productivity is one of the most considerable benefits of remote work. Remote workers are more productive than those who work in offices, reporting that they get more done than their colleagues. And we've talked about different ways to improve your business performance by organizing your remote operations using ActiveCollab.
Though the conditions of remote work during coronavirus are atypical, people and companies are bound to see improved productivity. No more interruptions. No more water-cooler chat or long lunches.
The future is all about the bottom line
Once the negative preconceptions and biases are dealt with, the only thing that matters for any business is their bottom line. And one would argue that the crucial factor in every bottom line is a happy and productive employee.
Therefore, we could conclude the intro by stating that the future of remote work will revolve around keeping your remote workers happy and productive. How is the post-pandemic business climate going to respond to the growing demand for remote employment? We don't know all the answers, but we're happy to share our predictions.