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Hello again! Hope you all are staying safe and healthy. This issue is discussing the future of remote work. Hope you all enjoy.

 
The concept of remote work has been an option across several industries including digital marketing, sales, customer and technical support, and web development. The reasoning behind this is that corporations are becoming less worried about the location of their employee but rather their knowledge and expertise that they can offer the company.

While this has become more and more common throughout the years, because of the pandemic more and more companies across different industries  have been forced to adopt remote work practices. As we look towards the future, what will be the future of remote work? Let's discuss.

Remote Work Insights You’ve Never Heard Before

Aside from the obvious positives of working remotely from both an employer and employee standpoint such as decreased cost and a better work-life balance, working from home provides a lot of other positives that you may not have thought of. With a more distributed working environment you can provide better accessibility to meetings and conversations, provide more  of a humanistic view of your coworkers, and decrease the amount of drama or conflict that may come up in person. This allow us to extend more grace to work together better and more efficiently.


WHAT COVID-19 MEANS FOR THE FUTURE OF REMOTE WORK

This forced remote work practice has caused employers to unlearn those ideals that people won't be as productive if they don't have someone in person managing them. We are able to see that people are just as if not more productive working from home as they would be if they were in the office. The issue lies within company culture. If you have a great company culture, converting that culture to a remote/distributed scenario will still keep up the morale of employees thus enhancing productivity.

Disadvantages of Working From Home

While we discuss the pros of working from home it's important to also recognize the cons of working from home as well. Some challenges include lack of establishing a cohesive community and culture, difficulty with communication, difficulties with organization of employees. All of these things, however, can be solved with proper planning and better practices.
 

The State of Remote Work

One thing to note about working from home is that while employers are able to save costs by hiring remotely there is an increased cost on the employees that some employers do not cover. Costs include, having a good office or co-working setup, better internet connection, increased usage of electricity in the house, as well as coffee or snack costs.

 

Working remotely is not going to go anywhere. Remote work has been see as a perk that an employers can offer their employees because it allows for more flexibility creating a better work life balance and for employers there is an incentive for allowing remote work because this decreases the costs for its employees because of the lack of a need of a physical workspace.

We have seen that the notion that employers had before about not being able to work from home have proven to be untrue and will start to cause employers to rethink their remote policies. 

That being said, transitioning to remote work does come with it's own challenges. It can be hard to disconnect and fully unplug from work without having the separation of work and home and can start to feel really isolating after awhile working remotely especially for those who live alone.

Perhaps we'll see more companies offering a hybrid approach to remote work while fully utilizing virtual tools to create an experience and a culture for employees regardless of whether or not they are in the office or not.

 
What do you think? Tweet me  so we can discuss. 
 
Stay tuned because in a couple weeks we'll have an interview blog post.
 
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