A Deep Dive Into Remote Work For Our Future Of Work
July 25, 2020
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This week, due to the coronavirus, Microsoft, Amazon and Twitter are all encouraging workers to stay home. Globally, there is a renewed emphasis on remote work. Are organizations and employees prepared to work remotely? In the age of innovation, as a topic of our future of work, we often envision remote work as an idealist scenario where you can achieve the ultimate work-life balance. Realistically, remote work is a conversation that needs to be explored in-depth, practiced over time and embraced by each individual of an organization. Just like the coronavirus, in our future of work, remote work can present an opportunity for all of us to think about what it truly means to collaborate and how it can improve our organizations.
“Coronavirus introduces new challenges for businesses who aren’t used to supporting a remote workforce or even doing the majority of their work digitally. One of the most important things is for employees and employers to understand that ‘we’re all in this together, and have shared responsibilities’ to make remote work productive.”
Rita Selvaggi, ActivTrak CEO
When you dive into remote work statistics, you will find that in countries like the U.S., there’s a 159% increase in people who are working remotely from 2005 to 2017. Remote working jobs are no longer customer service jobs. They are in sectors such as Computer and IT, Medical and Health, Sales and Education as well. According to the American Psychological Association, there’s also an increase in job satisfaction while working remotely.
With such a strong argument for remote working, why are we not seeing more people working remotely?