Remote Working

As we gladly say goodbye to 2020, we look back at one of the biggest changes that affected almost every organisation last year, remote working.

In this topic we look at how remote working changed our ways of working, why it is here to stay and the biggest challenges we face with remote working.

COVID19 and Remote Working

Remote working was not new to a lot of organisations prior to 2020, however in March 2020, COVID19 forced the hands of almost every organisation to quickly adapt and allow their workforce to work remotely, whilst still being able to perform the same tasks their jobs required as if they were in the office.

The forced adaption of remote working changed the way we work, moving away from the traditional 9 to 5, office-based approach to a more flexible working environment, enabling employees to work from anywhere and at flexible times of the day.

“Gartner Survey Reveals 82% of Company Leaders Plan to Allow Employees to Work Remotely Some of the Time”

Gartner – Survey date June 2020

Remote Working is set to stay!

Whilst we look forward to 2021 and getting back to some kind of normality, it is safe to say the new normal will be a lot different to what we know, especially in the way we work.

Many organisations that were previously sceptical are now actively looking to implement some kind of remote working post COVD19 after seeing the benefits it has given to both the organisation and the employee over the past year.

Many employees are thriving in the new way of working, with recent reports finding that employees are now enjoying a healthier work-life balance, increasing employee satisfaction and morale ultimately leading to an increase in productivity within the organisation.

The Challenges of Remote Working

Whilst we all quickly adapted for remote working, many challenges arose from the new way of working. In a recent Cisco survey, organisations listed Security, End User Experience and Application Availability as some of the top challenges they were facing with a remote workforce. We look at those challenges below, with some ideas on how to overcome them as we continue into 2021.

Conclusion

As we look forward to 2021 with hopefully some kind of normality back to our lives, one thing that is set to stay is remote working. Whether that be a hybrid remote working model or permanent home working, extending your network to your workforce wherever they may be is the future.

We hope you enjoyed the article above and wish you a safe and successful 2021!