In early march of 2020, the novel coronavirus that was only an epidemic in China, was declared a pandemic by WHO. With the announcement, all non-essential businesses were to be shut-down or moved remotely. Within a matter of days, companies prepared their employees for remote work, setting up their laptops, and installing VPNs for remote connection.
According to a Gallup survey on COVID-19 and Remote Work , about two-thirds (66%) of the U.S. workers preferred to continue working from home during the pandemic. Out of these, 30% wanted to work from home due to COVID-19 concerns and 35% wished to continue working from home.
It is expected that most of 2021, companies may experience a hybrid working environment where employees may work partially from home and partially from the office. The exact timing of return to offices will depend on the vaccine roll-out. Depending on the availability of vaccines, some companies may speed up the process of shifting work back to offices, others may anticipate a slower and gradual process.
When it comes to working remotely, there are two different kinds of remote work that companies may adopt.
Companies who adopt the remote-first approach usually have an on-site office. Workers can either work on-premises at the office location or work from home. In a remote-first environment, most of the staff meetings take place via Zoom, where some workers may attend the meeting from the office and others from home. Employees who work from home may use VPN or cloud based proxy.
Remote only refers to the type of work that strictly takes place remotely. Employees work only from home. There is no on-site or physical office location. All meetings take place via Zoom and employees communicate with one another through Slack or similar channels.
While remote work may have numerous benefits such as high productivity, flexibility in work hours, and better profitability, it may also come with some challenges.
Some of the common issues a team may face can involve difficulties in collaboration, WiFi connectivity issues, lack of work-life balance, VPN connectivity problems, and poor communication.
While these challenges may commonly exist, they are not difficult to resolve. With the use of intelligent, sophisticated and reliable tools, you can overcome these challenges and make remote working a seamless process for your team.
As a business it's important that you establish an air of trust between yourself and your people while you all continue to work remotely. Migrating your team for remote work is like fixing machinery which requires movement of various parts, nuts and bolts.
At Intelligent Hack, we successfully move companies from office to remote. We implement strategies and tools that not only improve your team’s productivity but also preserve your company’s culture in a remote environment.
Through sophisticated tools such as agile development, automation, better software architecture, and DevOps, we help you maximize your performance so you can focus on achieving your business goals.