Remote work has steadily been on the rise even before the onslaught of coronavirus. However, it was quite rare for companies to give their employees work-from-home options. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than 29% of Americans were able to work from home back in 2018. After coronavirus, it has dramatically increased—now, more than half of the American workforce currently work from home.
As the crisis continues, more and more businesses are gradually making the shift to remote work—a shift that is likely to continue even after the pandemic ends.
With that being said, here are some of the things we can expect to see regarding remote work in the near future.
Rise of coworking spaces, fall of office spaces.
On its own, coworking spaces are a booming industry. Since remote work is sure to steadily rise in the coming years, the demand for coworking spaces will surely increase. The downside? As more and more companies start giving their employees work-from-home options, there will likely be a decrease in the need for office spaces.
Open work hours.
Remote workers afford the luxury of choosing their own work hours. This means that workers are not limited to a 9-5 job schedule from Mondays to Fridays. Working from home allows workers to work at any time they desire. However, the downside of this arrangement is that sometimes, employers can’t seem to blur the lines between their employees’ work and rest times.
Video conferencing will be the norm.
Meetings are important for companies to talk about their goals and objectives. With remote working, expect online video meetings to stay. In fact, expect every other aspect of work to go online—such as job interviews.
Return to the country.
One of the main reasons why people flock to the city is to live near their workplace. But with a work-from-home option, people can finally move back to their provinces. Now, the city isn’t the only place to look to when it comes to opportunities.
Rise of management software.
Management software such as time trackers and project management tools will see a steady increase as developers create tools that will make remote work easier for both employers and employees.
Remote work allows equal working opportunities for everyone, regardless of age or sex. As long as they’ve got the minimum requirements of remote work: a computer and a stable internet connection.
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The new normal has proved to be both challenging and stimulating. And the changes it has brought along with it seems like they’re here to stay permanently. But as long as we’re all willing to learn new skills and adapt to new situations as needed, we will all find a place where we can perfectly fit.