May 22, 2020
50 years ago, going to work meant to work.
Now, workers across the world can “go” to work without ever leaving the sofa. They can even work from anywhere they prefer. Some have done this for years by choice; others have been thrown into remote work abruptly due to COVID-19.
For veteran and novice remote workers alike, technology is the backbone of a successful remote work situation. That’s one reason why the #digitalnomad has over 3 million posts on Instagram and countless more on Twitter. Working full-time by the pool or at the beach is a growing ideal, especially for remote workers who are part of the younger generations.
With the dream of remote work becoming a reality for many in such an irregular period, remote work trends might just be here to stay.
Like anything in life, there are costs and benefits to remote working. While this kind of situation gives some the flexible work they’ve always dreamed of, it gives others anxiety to feel they are on the clock 24/7.
Challenges of remote work
Benefits of remote work
The frequency of remote work has trended upward for years. In 2016, “43% of employees work[ed] remotely with some frequency” (source). This number has only increased with more millennials entering the workforce.
Digital tools make it possible to be “present” without being physically present. Top-notch software and programs can now support anything from learning and training initiatives to HR.
Old notions are rapidly disappearing about what technology is capable of achieving. For many remote companies, digital tools allow employees and their remote colleagues to spend more time on high-level activities (like problem-solving and getting creative) while technology automates much of the grunt work.
The current COVID-19 situation, terrible as it is, has pushed many people to realize the potential of remote work situations for employers and employees alike. This human-tech partnership might be the way of the future for all workers.
Transitioning to remote work can be a challenge. However, with proper planning and tools, it’s possible to be more successful than ever. In these interesting times, flexibility is the name of the game—technology is here to support you every step of the way.
It’s hard to believe that work will ever look exactly the same again. Technology is a huge asset for companies with both remote and traditional workers. How companies leverage technology to their advantage during these tumultuous times may have drastic impacts on future success and the bottom line.
Beyond the current challenge of COVID-19, there is optimism that a more progressive work situation is on the horizon with remote options. For many, remote work is a win-win situation: companies can save dollars while workers can experience a higher quality of life.
Maybe, just maybe, the #digitalnomad is here to stay.