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The current coronavirus pandemic has significantly transformed how people around the globe carry out their routine operations. The pandemic has led to a rapid rise in working from home due to the movement restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

According to our IT team, remote working soared higher in 2020. Although some local and national economies have started to bounce back, remote working hasn’t reduced to pre-coronavirus pandemic levels. In fact, remote job posting statistics are increasing day by day. Our team of technology experts at TLC Solutions are also trying to envisage what the future of remote working holds in 2-3 years to come.

Although some organizations have already opened up for in-person office activities in the United States, some nations still implement stay-at-home orders, compelling companies to carry on with remote working schedules.

Researchers across the globe are still trying to figure out how conducive, productive and effective remote working is for both the employers and employees.

 

What Remote Work Trends are we Likely to see in 2022 and Beyond?

In the wake of the global pandemic in late 2019 and early 2020, most organizations and institutions allowed their staff to work outside their office environments. During the worldwide shutdown, remote working wasn’t a choice. Businesses had to continue running, and people had to look out for ways to sustain their economies.

Apart from working from home, some remote workers, also referred to as ‘digital nomads’, have turned coffee shops and other spaces into working environments. Still, there are other workers travelling the world while attending to their work and career goals.

Presently, the pandemic has been tamed, and the infection levels have significantly gone down. Life is gradually returning to normalcy, and businesses are opening up. But, most of the employees have gotten used to the remote working environment and reporting to a physical office hangs in the balance.

So, the question is, ”Are they expected to wrap up their remote working tools and get right back to their organization’s office”? Or has the world transformed forever?

 “Gradually, the inclination for remote working in the years to come is toward a hybrid model, which will see a combination of remote and in-person job postings,” says TLC Solutions’ head of IT experts.

A hybrid model is intended to allow the staff the flexibility of working from home while sustaining the connection and ease of communication in a physical office.

There is a significant transformation in communication technology through the internet, making remote working a recognized mode of working around the world.

 

Remote working is here to stay.

The number of people working outside an office environment is expected to increase significantly by 2025. Even as we move towards a post-corona pandemic period, remote working will remain prevalent despite the ease of the lockdowns in most countries.

In fact, our IT experts predict that a percentage of workers working remotely wouldn’t want to go back to a full-time onsite office. Besides, most job searching platforms have recorded increased searches for remote workers.

 

 Businesses will need to invest in the correct tools and training.

With the trend for remote working rising day by day, many companies have realized that this is the current working model, and therefore they need to embrace it in the long-term. A significant percentage of employees are unhappy with using outdated technology to perform their tasks. This will prompt business executives to acquire the proper tools to empower their employees for a smooth flow of communication and collaboration in real-time.

 

There will be an increase in people working as digital nomads.

Remote working has inspired people to set up home offices or even work from the comfort of their couches.

In addition, the many months of widespread and long-standing shutdowns due to the pandemic have stirred up the desire to travel for post-covid holidays. This means there could be an increase in the number of digital nomads working while travelling worldwide. You may be surprised by talking or video chatting with fellow staff or manager enjoying their holidays from beach cottages on distant continents.

 

The level of productivity should not be affected by remote working.

Most business executives are concerned about how to monitor and boost the productivity of their remote workers. As IT experts, our view is that workflow doesn’t have to be affected when people are working outside an on-site office.

In fact, our studies have shown that workers feel more flexible and more productive when working outside an office environment, and employers feel highly confident in their workers’ productivity.

As remote working popularity grows, businesses need to invest in the proper digital solutions to enhance productivity. They should also choose the digital platforms that meet their specific needs and enhance seamless communications regardless of the worker’s location.

 

A hybrid working model might be the way to go.

A hybrid working model is a flexible model that allows the staff to carry out their tasks between a remote and in-person office set-up. The pandemic has changed how people view remote working and has proved to many people who were initially skeptical about it that employees can actually work productively.

Most people who work offsite have developed an office set-up right in their homes, and the use of technology has assisted in the success of this new working arrangement.

Our IT experts suggest that a hybrid model may benefit the organization and the employees by reducing operational costs while keeping the staff motivated, flexible and happy. However, organizations should consider their digital communications and workflow plans to avoid the risk of employee burnout.

 

Investing in digital platform tools is key to the success of remote working in the future.

To boost the efficiency of remote working and increase productivity, companies will need to invest heavily in digital tools and solutions that let the employees perform their tasks and collaborate proficiently. Slow networks, outdated software or hardware can lower the efficiency of remote workers and affect their productivity.

 

Remote work needs continuous and robust communication plans.

Our IT professionals assert that a lack of proper and adequate communication plans can adversely affect the efficiency of remote workers. This is due to anxiety and dissatisfaction, and we recommend that businesses should articulate communication policies around the future of remote working. Staff need to be regularly updated on business policies and any changes within the organization in order to deliver high-quality performance.

 

Conclusion

COVID-19 has brought a lot of uncertainties across the globe that have affected the way businesses and organizations carry out their routine tasks. The transition from working in a physical office to remote working could also reduce many challenges experienced in an onsite office set-up. Remote work removes the geographic blocks to employment, helping organizations hire the best talents irrespective of location.

For independent professionals, remote working is opening opportunities to work with establishments and clients from across the globe. In the long run, remote working is expected to impact how people work in the coming days positively.

If you need help setting up a remote working model for your business, you can get in touch with us. TLC Solutions IT team will be glad to offer unlimited support as you transform from an onsite to an offsite working model. For more trends on remote working, please follow us on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages.