Work from home trends have ebbed and flowed over the past years, while overall marching towards a more mainstream embrace. But with people under lock-down around the world, the number of workers having to telecommute suddenly skyrocketed.
Remote Working Is the Next Normal
That shift shows no signs of reversing in the long term. In fact, a new survey found that 74% of CFOs have already reported they intend to make the shift to remote work for some employees a permanent one. That’s because from increased productivity and higher employee retention to reducing environmental impact, the benefits of this way of working are clear. And now, this crash course on remote working has helped companies deploy technologies, develop policies, learn best practices, and break down taboos to lay the foundation for long term change.
The Technologies Enabling This Trend
The technologies that can help alleviate this friction and allow employers to become confident in remote workers are legion. Collaborative tech like Slack, Zoom, and Google Suites had already gained adherents before the pandemic for their ability to facilitate virtual connections. Now, they are everyday tools for the world’s remote workforce.
Alongside the growth of AI and machine learning capabilities in support of IT service and database management, we’ll also see the growth of remote monitoring platforms and predictive maintenance tools.
Business and Talent Shifts
As remote work cements its role in the workplace of both today and tomorrow, it will require changes beyond just new technologies. The pandemic has helped everyone to understand that relationships are the key to the enterprise and its productivity, not a centuries old reliance on a central, common physical space.
Hiring teams will expand their emphasis on talent over location in order to deliver more flexible models that can best accomplish critical initiatives.
What is undeniable for both the workplace and the schoolroom is that just as the disease has changed our thoughts on society, the role of government, and even financial safety nets – it has also changed our view of technology. Trends that were growing pre-virus have accelerated and likely become part of the new normal.
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