Since 2018, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of employees working from home. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a huge factor in this, as many workplaces had to close down. In this article, we’ll talk about recent trends in remote work and discuss its pros and cons.
Recent Trends in Remote Work
After working from home due to the pandemic, as many as 97 percent of employees say they don’t want to return to the office. The trend in work-from-home arrangements benefit both employees and their employers:
More Remote Jobs Becoming Available
Many workplaces have shifted their teams to be fully remote to match the demands of employees. In many cases, workers have found they are more productive and have an overall greater well-being while working from home rather than at the office.
There are many fully remote jobs available, and some are hiring like crazy right now. A few of these career paths include cybersecurity, digital marketing, education professionals, and roles in translation and language.
Cybersecurity Is Becoming a Concern
Cybersecurity has become a big concern for remote working teams. Employers are concerned about how data can be accessed and how secure it is. An alarming study revealed that there had been a 238 percent increase in cyberattacks since the beginning of the pandemic. As a result, there will likely be a big trend towards infrastructure and cybersecurity systems investments.
Companies need to keep an eye on cybersecurity, as they must balance security with the flexibility of working from home. Employees must be able to access files from anywhere in the world without a chance of compromising security.
More Opportunities for Reskilling and Upskilling
Working remotely has opened up many opportunities for people to advance in their careers. This is more important than ever and has become a growing trend as more people search for work or a new job to match their skills.
Workers are increasingly searching to add new skills to their resume or increase their current skills so they can stand out when searching for a job. Many people in the tech industry are joining coding bootcamps, short-term intensive training programs that teach students the skills needed to code programs.
Employees are happier to work from home, and most don’t want to return to the office, mostly due to the flexible work schedule. Employees can work at any time of day as long as it doesn’t interfere with project due dates or meetings.
There is a greater “work from anywhere” mindset among individuals, causing many people to become digital nomads instead of committing themselves to one specific geographic area.
Pros and Cons of Working Remotely
Remote working is here to stay. Many employees do not want to go back to the office as there are many benefits to working from home. Below are the most prominent advantages and some of the cons:
Remote employees have a better work-life balance. They don’t have to sit in traffic for hours each day, allowing them to spend more time with their families or pursue a pastime they otherwise would have no time for. Employees who get enough rest and free time each day are more focused on their work, which leads to increased efficiency and productivity.
Those working from home have more flexibility in their schedules. They can work early in the mornings to free up the rest of the day, or they can work late at night if that’s when they’re most productive.
Employees report increased satisfaction, both in their job experience and overall well-being. Offering the best employee experience fosters a high-performance and efficient culture in which workers genuinely desire to grow and excel at their jobs.
There is no face-to-face interaction or in-person team meetings, so it may be challenging for newly distant teams to function and work together. Managers may be concerned that their employees will not perform as well as they did in the office, and they may struggle due to their bosses’ lack of assistance.
Without the correct onboarding procedure or assistance, it can be difficult for remote employees to find and locate all of the information they need to manage their work. Employees typically spend 30 percent of their workday looking for information. When employees work remotely, this number rises even more. They are on their own and can only message their colleagues for support at certain times, reducing productivity and employee engagement.
When remote teams keep their talk exclusively business-related with no time for casual chats, team members may be hesitant to talk to their coworkers about any obstacles or concerns that may be harming their productivity.
Since 2020, many teams have switched to remote work and don’t plan to switch back. Many trends have emerged from this shift – most benefiting employees, but some causing disruptions in the workplace. Employers and employees must learn to work together efficiently while navigating the new workplace – their home.