What does the future of remote work hold after the COVID-19 pandemic?

  1. Remote work is here to stay

As we move toward a post-pandemic way of life many employers believe remote will not go away.

Indeed now that employees and employers have gotten used to this way of work and the demand will only increase. Companies will have to offer remote work as being part of advantages working for their business in order to get the best candidates. A survey was shown that one in three workers say they wouldn’t want to work for an employer that required them to work in the office.

Aside from salary, they mostly care about:

  • Flexible work hours (40%)
  • Upper Mobility within the company (30%)
  • And finally remote work options (30%)

What’s more surprising, the job search site Linkedin reported that searches for remote jobs grew exponentially on the platform. As a consequence, companies will most likely emphasize on remote work to attract the best people, and then like a domino effect other companies will follow.

  1. Companies will move to a mixed work model

Instead, it’s likely that employers will adopt a more mixed work type of model.

This model consists of allowing employees to switch from working from the office to at home during different periods. A couple of weeks they could work from home then return to the office or vice-versa. This way allows more flexibility. Research has shown that nine out of 10 executives envision a mix-work model moving forward with 50% of employees approving this.

  1. More people will work as “digital nomads”

A digital nomad is not just someone who works remotely but who works remotely from anywhere in the world whether it be at home or in another country.

A whopping 70% of Americans say they plan to travel more in 2022 than they did pre-COVID.

So, as we move past this COVID pandemic, in the future, remote work could be held anywhere in the globe.

  1. Companies will invest in the right tools and training

In the future, we can speculate that better technology will exist making remote work even more accessible than it already is.

From project management platforms and digital dashboards to instant messaging tools and virtual meeting platforms (such as zoom), we’re sure to witness these technologies improve even more.

As remote work becomes the norm, managers will need to be equipped with the right methods and know-how to handle remote work and then manage, motivate, and monitor their employees successfully.