Remote work is not necessarily something new in the workplace, but it is becoming increasingly normalised, and in fact is fast becoming a very popular choice for people in and entering the work environment.
Remote work, quite simply, allows employees to work outside of a traditional workspace. This can take many forms, whether it be a home office or a local café. Often, remote work will necessitate workers coming into the office sporadically. Remote work has many benefits, for both employers and employees.
For employees, the benefits are pretty obvious. The flexible lifestyle is undeniably attractive, and remote workers have reported feeling less stressed and even having a renewed passion for the work they do more or less on their own terms. For employers, it is also beneficial to hire remote workers. Increased productivity, cost savings and employees who are more engaged are just a few of the benefits.
With a shift towards digitisation, remote work is becoming easier and easier but there are a couple of the cons to consider. An inevitable ‘side-effect’ of remote work is loneliness. Working at home might sound like a benefit to begin with, and no doubt that it can be, but the isolation could lead to lower mood, and the renewed passion that was as a result of the flexible work might begin to wane. A rising trend in remote work as of 2019, according to Forbes, is ‘compulsory’ in-the-office-days, which encourage employees to be engaged at least once a week, essentially combating the loneliness issue.
It is very exciting to see the way that the market is shifting to allow for remote work, and to see the way that remote work itself is changing with digitisation and the emphasis and wellbeing. By 2020, about half of the work force will be working remotely, so it is important to stay up to date and to potentially consider whether you want to be a part of this movement.
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