Experts predict that 10 years from now remote work will be a thing with physical offices transforming into a place to spend social time with workmates. The word ‘Remote’ will vanish and people will call it just ‘Work’.
Work culture shift
Before COVID-19 hit, research reported that hybrid employees are more loyal, productive, and well-engaged [less expected to leave]. However, post-pandemic there is a narrative that things have gone to normalcy but the fact is that workplace culture has shifted. The Pandemic transformed the workplace and accelerated the need for remote workers.
Now, the employees are acclimatized with working from home, which is the new norm. Millions of people quit their jobs voluntarily, which reveals the awakening of the workforce’s collective negotiating power leaving the hard-nosed employers behind. Companies that stick to old ways will risk losing talent and observing the evolving job market.
Kosy Office is a provider of virtual space, where companies can gather their team members located in remote locations. Just like they built a physical work culture, there will be a need to create an environment of trust among the team members. The WFH norm is here to stay, so employers should have a work environment created on the internet, where everyone can stay connected for better project management.
The increase in working remotely will impact everyone. There will be a dramatic societal shift. Employees are free to migrate to small cities rather than be stuck in metropolitans. The lifestyle in the city is appealing but lacks professional jobs, which will experience significant growth.
There will be an influx of well-educated, high-earning professionals in small cities, which will transform the planning commissions, school boards, and accessible services to residents. Some communities will evolve completely with the increase in demand for remote work.
Employees are leaving their jobs because they feel enabled to hold employers responsible for a better workplace environment.
The future of remote work
Now, people will not be forced to reside where they don’t desire to. Some will find a permanent home, while a few will move around. It seems like a digital nomad revolution has started.
Some feel concerned that the remote work era will hinder physical involvement in the hallway or rest room or elevator. In reality, hallway conversations happened only with colleagues you were close to. You can easily communicate or meet those colleagues anytime [if they live nearby].
You can do better in a virtual world than you could in a physical office environment. Create celebration rituals and virtual spaces for team members to share. For example, a virtual canteen or team book club. Even Interns can expect to meet senior managers and have an intimate conversation, which otherwise was impossible. This level of connection and collaboration leads to trust building and better performance.
There are some countries like Japan and France that are still not comfortable with the remote work models. They are navigating the advantages and drawbacks of the traditional, hybrid, and remote work model. However, progressive organizations in Japan and France are adapting to the corporate norms and soon the dominos will start to fall.
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