According to a new report from Gartner, several workers will likely have the option to continue working from home permanently as employees report higher rates of productivity and job satisfaction. Adopting this arrangement has allowed companies to bring in a lot of profitability, as well as cut costs on real estate, equipment and more.
The argument has been that success is not dependent upon location, but isn’t it? Whether we choose to be in an office, coworking space, or our living room, the point is that remote workers get the opportunity to pick what suits their needs best.
Moving forward, the conversation should be about how we are going to work, rather than where. The elements in how we work must include virtual accessibility, asynchronous communication and results-based tracking to ensure that a company’s remote working arrangements are efficient.
Virtual workplace accessibility provides workers the ability to access their resources needed to complete tasks outside of the office using software that is simple and secure.
Asynchronous communication is vital for workers who are spread across various time zones. Using Slack, Google Docs and other forms of communication makes it easier for team members to stay on the same page despite their schedules for the day.
Measuring productivity can be difficult when managers cannot physically see how their employees are working, but sensory criteria is not a true measurement of success. Instead, managers can use reports and learnings to understand what pushes workers to be the most productive they can be.