Remote work is rapidly on the increase all around the world and is changing how the global workspace operates. From flexible work options to using a combination of non- traditional work practices, settings, and locations remote working has already started to play a major role in how the workplace will evolve in the coming years. Companies will have to rapidly adopt new technologies to navigate unprecedented changes and manage their workforce in order to ensure survival and achieve success.
Today, we are at the apex of change – a change marked by adopting new technology for connecting and working from home. This change has also propelled a realization that it is possible to accomplish most of the work remotely. There is no longer a pressing need for employees to work from the office. We are steadily settling into working from the comfort of our homes. However, we need to get the pace up when it comes to embracing new technology. Martec’s Law talks about exactly that – technology changes exponentially, but organisations change logarithmically. This means that technology changes at a faster rate than organisations can adapt it, but thanks to the current situation, the gap is now decreasing.
Remote working is not a novel concept that we are just discovering. It has been around for as long as people have travelled for work and ever since the need for work-life balance has been realised. It is just that in the current scenario it has become mandatory. This recent rise of remote working is largely technology-driven since collaboration via cloud systems is so prevalent. The future of remote work will be dictated by a younger workforce who intent to work to live and not live to work.
It is also clear that remote work has become a global phenomenon. Yet, in a majority of companies, flexible work options, including telecommuting has been considered a perk rather than a standard operating procedure. But, a lot of innovative companies are now moving towards the direction of remote work as they are discovering that it does not hinder the company’s performance. So ask yourself a question, why do you need to go to the office when your work can be done from home maintaining the same performance level?