Remote Work Culture and the Future of Working Management

Remote Work Culture

Remote work, or work from home is the hottest trend in the modern working regime. For starters, it has accomplished what no other means of motivation or perks could provide- “Job Satisfaction!”

And if you think there’d be any loose ends in the work quality or productivity of a remote employee; you’ll be surprised.

Because in reality, working remotely has increased the over-all productivity of online workers by a staggering 77%.  One of the biggest reasons, contrary to popular belief, is less distraction.

Yes, you heard that right! Survey says that about 3/4th of working professionals are less distracted at home. And despite the chores and the family drama, they are more likely to focus.

Origin of Remote Work Culture

The practice of working remotely has been there since long before the pandemic. The latter has only made it a fine alternative to office hours.

In fact, it was predicted way back in 2010 that by 2025 about half of the global workforce would switch to working remotely than being in a traditional office setting. But it wasn’t until the necessity hit the fan that the true potential of WFH became apparent half a decade earlier. Courtesy- the Covid-19 pandemic.

As a result, many prominent brands nowadays are adopting the remote and hybrid model of working.

The Future of Working Management

By allowing more and more employees to opt for remote working options, companies have found a feasible way to offer job flexibility, cut costs, and meet the goals of their clients amidst the imposed restrictions.

Yet, the remote work culture is far from its completion. It is still in its transitionary stage. Applicable only to certain roles. Although a number of industries and sectors are switching gears rapidly and getting ready to embrace the new working norms and reap its benefits, the road to go fully remote is a long hard one with many challenges.

The future of working management is therefore based on how well an organization tackles these challenges that mainly have to do with managing its remote workers and their performance.

And this is why more than half of big businesses and managements have shown a peak interest in sophisticated remote working tools, virtual managers, and online supervision.

Challenges of Remote Working

Lack of company culture and office environment is the biggest concern for most employers. Issues such as lack of interaction between workers and the management, too little participation in official ceremonies and rituals, and insufficient supervision have baffled the business leaders for far too long.

On top of that, there is the fact that certain tasks and activities can only be performed using fixed equipment and tools in a safe and official setting. For instance, medical care, industrial operations, lab work, and so on.

That was until the rise of the internet and advanced virtual technologies such as telecom, teleworking, video conferencing, and virtual care made their way into our day-to-day lives.

Thanks to such applications remote work options have now become the number 1 factor for working professionals to assess and evaluate their job offers.

Clearly, the remote work culture poses many benefits to employers and employees alike. Let’s dig a little deeper.

What’s in it for you (as an employer)?

One of the biggest advantages of a remote or hybrid working model is the job flexibility that comes with it.

Consequently, it also reduces the office rent, and the cost of supplies, equipment, and the utility bills needed to furnish an employee.

In fact, according to Forbes, you can save as much as about $22,000 per remote employee on average, a massive cut on your employee expenses.

Higher productivity is yet another benefit of working remotely as claimed unanimously through a number of surveys.

When thought carefully, working from home is also environmentally friendly and quite healthy for mother nature.

Lack of daily commuters leads to a lack of traffic, which in turn reduces the pollution and greenhouse emissions, and ultimately decreases the overall impact of human activities on the environment. All the while taking you a step closer to meeting your CSR or Corporate Social Responsibilities.

And now, with the power to make that happen remotely, you don’t have to waste your time keeping eyes on your workforce; rather utilize it in building a sustainable future.

What’s in it for you (as an employee)?

The work-from-home tradition cites more advantages than drawbacks, especially for our working class who want to work remotely.

Lack of commute and transportation charges is one of the major reliefs for daily commuters as purported by 84% of remote employees.

And flexible work schedule being another.

It is also found that remote working leads to better mental health as it improves the entire work-life balance of an individual’s life.

Remote workers are more likely to meet a deadline due to a lack of office nuisances such as office politics, chit-chat, forced coffee breaks, etc. Since a quieter and cozy workspace allows more focus, people who work from home tend to be more productive than casual office-goers.

Remote Work Culture: A win-win!

Working remotely is not a one-sided game.

Looked closely, it is beneficial for everybody- the employer, the employees, as well as the community and nature as a whole.

All-in-all, remote working is eco-friendly, time-saving, and money-saving, and it is here to stay, period.

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