After The COVID-19 pandemic, companies have been forced to deploy and support remote working technologies and have tested that remote work is a viable option now and in the future.
The survey New Remote Work Era: Trends in The Distributed Workforce by Vanson Bourne, ordered by VMware and Dell, have uncovered the following about distributed workforce:
(1) Raise the contribution to the new workforce model:
Organizations of all sizes across all industries are shifting to distributed workforce model. They claim that they underutilized remote work until near time and need to raise the contribution level to this new model; because they found out many advances using the distributed workforce model.
The remote work benefits are:
- The remote work increases innovations from many places, allows satellite and regional teams to make decisions, and increases sharing resources between offices.
- Remote work can create new job opportunities for (Working parents – Minority candidates -Employees with disabilities – Candidates living outside major economic hubs).
- Increased confidence in speaking up in video conference meetings.
- More teams feel empowered to speak their mind to leadership.
- Time in meetings is more likely to be evenly shared between men and women.
- Physical fitness is meaningless because most employees are working from home.
- Many organizations that use distributed workforce can be derived to deliver new business models in their industries. For example, in health care, they can move to telehealth which provides opportunities in the long term:
- Accelerate remote consultations and routine checkups.
- Restructure payment method.
- New health specialists and job opportunities.
(2) Invalidate the remote work legends:
- The first legend: “remote work will decrease productivity,” while in reality, more than 67% of organizations’ productivity increased or remained at the same level.
- The second legend, “the employees will lose touch with their teams,” while in reality, according to the survey respondents :
- Personal communication increased with some of their colleagues (76%) of respondents.
- Personal connection increased with all colleagues (14%) of respondents
- Team collaboration increased or remained at the same level (62%) of respondents.
- The third legend, “The morale will affect remote work,” in reality, 83% of respondents fit well with remote work even at different ages, with women fit slightly better, introverts and self-identifying extroverts people agree evenly on remote work. There are additional benefits are achieved from remote work:
- Stress levels have Improved.
- Work-life balance has improved.
- Fifty-nine minutes delayed saved by working remotely.
(3) Changing the working model to the remote work:
According to the survey, respondents are interested in remote work:
- Many organizations are now interested in the distributed workforce model and consider the remote work experience essential for the employees.
- As was not expected, older employees are more interested in changing to remote work than younger employees.
- Traditional organizations are interested in using remote work, even with additional challenges.
(4) Reducing costs and reinvesting in the future of work:
Most respondents to the survey declared that the shift to remote work would save costs after the next 12 months due to saving in (Employee travel – Facilities overhead like office space- Maintenance costs like electricity).
For most respondents, cost-saving reinvested in (Technology upgrades – Innovations – Employees Program).