Technology has shaped the way we are able to work thanks to advancements in smartphones, cloud computing, internet connectivity and more. This has allowed people to have the ability to work from home, leading work life and personal life to become intertwined.
Working remotely has numerous benefits for both employees and employers, such as a boost in productivity, health, reduced absenteeism, greater retention rates and better recruitment. Companies are also able to find talent across the world and reduce overhead costs, while employees can cut down on commute time.
According to an article in Harvard Business Review, 43% of American employees prefer working remotely at least part of the time.
Technology has been key in the remote working revolution, but the shifts in workplace culture from millennials and Generation Z are what will continue to shape the future of work. Both generations make up a big portion of today’s workforce and demands for IT, social media, SEO and analytics positions are high. That means companies need to be willing to meet the flexible work expectations that these younger workers desire.
Organizations can build a healthy remote workforce by scheduling face-to-face meetings weekly or monthly to maintain culture and boost morale, as well as make sure their workers receive continuous training so that they can keep developing and advancing their skills.