The Internet and social media do not exist solely so that we can stalk an old classmate or a frenemy. They don’t exist for trivial matters such as knowing what’s going on in your ex’s life. This array of technologies meets the demands and needs of employers and their remote workforce. It ensures that remote employees will be more efficient in going about their duties.
Technology has changed the landscape of remote working. It brings innovation that enables companies to monitor their employees wherever in the world they may be. That’s why you can be headquartered in Florida and have workers from India, Singapore, the Philippines, and even South America.
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Is Remote Working a Trend?
Remote working is not a passing trend. Surveys show that more than 63% of companies have offshore workers. About 70% of professionals work at least once a week outside their offices, and 53% work remotely for half of the week.
Technology in all shapes, sizes, and capacities has made this possible. It has removed the geographical barriers imposed on workers. Everyone can work for any company regardless of where they are in the world. That has opened opportunities for organizations and employees alike.
Remote workers have it easier these days. Less than a decade ago, they did their work disconnected from the main office. Their bosses gave them tasks for the day then forgot all about them as they managed people with them in the office. But thanks to apps, project management tools, and advanced data analytics systems,remote workerscan now access the corporate work environment. Artificial intelligence and advanced systems arrange accounts and tasks for them daily.
Not only that. Advancements in teleconferencing, secure messaging, and virtual reality enable remote workers to engage with people in the main office. Using VR, they can share PowerPoint presentations by sharing their computer screens or drawing on a virtual whiteboard that people thousands of miles away can see.
Even education programs, training, and onboarding processes are done virtually. The experience becomes more immersive and interactive because the information is readily available and shareable. Companies can save on resources and training costs because they can do these virtually — and not have to send people to out-of-state conferences.
The Future of Remote Workforce
Over time, companies will realize the benefits of allowing their workers to do their jobs from remote locations. Many job seekers want a flexible work schedule that allows them to work from the comfort of their own homes or a coworking space. This setup is beneficial for young families wherein one of the parents has to take care of the children at home. More families are getting into home-based jobs because they are cost-effective.
Technology experts say that there will be more development in remote workforce systems. There are endless possibilities when technology is involved. Companies are now introducing remote working policies as opposed to traditional policies where one has to use a time card. They found that the benefits far outweigh the costs of investing in technologies.