Since the beginning of the pandemic, businesses faced the challenge of how to integrate remote work into their everyday operations. Industries that ignored remote work innovation found themselves struggling to adapt to the “new normal”. But will the changes continue? Or will workplaces revert to their pre-pandemic forms?
The short answer is YES & NO!
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COVID-19 has forced companies all over the world to adapt and embrace remote work in one way or another. The question is will this trend continue?
3 Trends Fuling Remote Work
Trend #1-The number of people working from home is only growing…
Nearly 90% of people who have been able to work from home during the pandemic do not want to go back to the office full time, even once it’s safe to do so, according to a new study out today from Pew Research. And employers are already thinking about how that’s going to change their workplaces.
Trend #2-More and more companies are seeing the economic impact
U.S. employers are saving over $30 billion per day by allowing employees to work from home. This major economic benefit of remote work could continue as more companies make it a long-term solution.
The 3.9 million employees who work from home at least half time reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking more than 600,000 cars off the road for an entire year, according to the “State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce” report.
Trend #3-A.I. wil take off!
In many ways, the growth of remote work parallels the growth of artificial intelligence (AI). It wasn’t so long ago that AI was confined to the realm of science fiction. Now, like remote work, AI promises to transform nearly every industry and every company. As we look to the future, AI will almost inevitably accelerate our transition to remote work after Covid-19.
The verdict is in. Remote work is here to stay and these trends clearly show us that the traditional 9-5 office setup is a thing of the past. Still, with great change comes even greater challenges and risks. That is why now more than ever organizations need to ensure they have a strong Cybersecurity Awareness Program so that their employees are equipped with tools to thrive remotely.