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We live in a digital world where collaboration is the norm, not the exception. Today’s knowledge workers leverage virtual tools and collaborative platforms to connect globally and work virtually. This remote work trend has grown significantly in recent years as digital nomads, independent contractors, and remote workers become more commonplace. In addition to enabling greater productivity for employees, remote work programs can also help companies attract top talent. In fact, 94% of professionals think that telework is important to their personal happiness and career growth; however only 29% of employees have the opportunity to regularly work from home or another remote site outside of standard business hours. A growing body of research demonstrates that remote work can also improve employee performance and retention while reducing costs related to real estate maintenance, utilities, commuting expenses and office space lease costs.
2020 Remote Work Predictions
There will be growing diversity in remote work. In the U.S., remote work is most frequently associated with white collar knowledge workers. While this group will continue to be an important part of the remote work landscape in 2020, the field is becoming more diverse. Remote workers include a wider range of employees such as blue collar workers and independent contractors who service customers remotely. Remote work will be increasingly attractive to students and recent grads. Some universities are already seeing a decrease in students pursuing degrees in fields that are associated with office work, such as business, nursing, and engineering. Remote work will become a more common part of the employee lifecycle. In the past, the most common remote work scenario was a worker leaving an office job to work remotely. However, this is changing as more companies embrace the benefits of remote work.
Office Autonomy Will Grow
As more and more employees choose to work remotely, offices will have both more autonomy and more accountability. To a certain extent, offices have always had autonomy. Historically, people have worked at offices because it was the best way for them to be productive and to connect with their colleagues. In 2020, offices will have even more autonomy because they will be able to choose how to design their spaces and how to conduct their work in a manner that best suits their unique situation.
More Employees Will Work From Home
As remote work continues to grow, more employees will work from home. The number of people working remotely is expected to grow from 43% in 2018 to 48% in 2020. The most common remote work scenario is a worker leaving an office job to work remotely. However, this is changing as more companies embrace the benefits of remote work. As more companies offer remote work options, the percentage of employees working remotely will increase. Remote work is especially helpful for employees with families who need flexibility in their schedules. It can also be a good option for employees who are living in areas where there are few job opportunities.
Virtual Collaboration Tools Will Continue to Grow in Importance
The growth of virtual collaboration tools will help to make remote work more efficient, effective and productive. These tools include video conferencing, screen sharing, online collaboration and project management platforms. Remote work doesn’t have to mean isolation. Virtual collaboration tools are critical to remote teams and distributed organisations. Remote virtual collaboration tools allow people to connect and communicate virtually. And, more and more tools are finding ways to be more efficient for remote teams.
2020 will be the year of the remote worker, and remote workers will benefit from more autonomy in the workplace.
The demand for remote work is expected to increase as the economy improves. These remote work trends will lead to more autonomy for employees. This is good news for the remote worker, who will be able to work with more autonomy and flexibility. And, as the demand for remote work grows, companies will have to be able to harness the full talent potential of their employees. And, this can be challenging when employees are bound by strict office policies and office cultures. With more remote workers and more autonomy, companies will be better able to fully harness the talent of their employees and draw on all the benefits of remote work.