Respondents to two recent Gallup polls indicated that the percent of full-time employees in the US working from home jumped from 33% to 61% from March 13th to March 29th. Possibly one of the largest social experiments ever, we're exploring how the current necessity of remote work will change work in the future.
When BWBacon interviewed tech leaders about managing remote teams back in February of this year, we could not foresee how significant that shift would become. Those interviewed cited trusting their teams, ensuring they have the proper equipment to work, and using clear communication tools, like video calling, to garner the best productivity and engagement. Their techniques and management styles will be tested like never before.
Shifting the Paradigm
Over the last ten years, 83% of American companies have created flexible workplace policies. Globally, staff working from home at least once a week is at 52%. This indicates the rise of flex and remote work were well underway before coronavirus. However, launching working from home presents unique challenges of technology, and is still a complex undertaking for many businesses.
The coronavirus has triggered an accelerated test of remote work, and we are eager to see how leaders are energizing their teams to embrace the transition. We’re breaking down some of the challenges and potential beneficial changes that could result from this unparalleled remote work experiment.
Access To Technology Is Crucial
Technology is a central concern for businesses scaling their teams to work from home. From access to laptops and reliable internet service, to ensuring data security, the reconfiguration to virtual business must strike a balance between swiftness and reliability.
Services providers are negotiating with streaming giants like Netflix and YouTube to cap their bitrates, and decrease the demand of data consumption from their applications. For now, providers of broadband networks are hanging on, but there are concerns if the infrastructure is robust enough to handle an entire world moving online.
Remote Work Increases Engagement- The Numbers
While many managers are concerned about people working less when at home, the numbers beg to differ. Ample research shows that remote staff can be just as productive as their office counterparts, if not more. According to an Airtasker survey, remote employees work an additional 1.4 more days per month than in-office employees, which is nearly 17 additional workdays a year.
We predict a rise in co-working spaces, or modular office spaces that can accommodate people flowing in and out. This will save big on real estate in the long run.
Decrease/Decline of the Mega Conference
The mega conference will no longer be the default. Stronger considerations will go into weighing the costs, travel resources, environmental impacts of hosting a conference in person over digitally.
Technology Communication Tools become common practice
Long gone are the days of only tech startups playing with virtual collaboration tools. Technology connects us all and will be more commonplace than ever with tools like Slack, Zoom, Asana, and Microsoft Teams.
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