The global spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 has drastically impacted the world socially and economically. Throughout the world, countries have enforced social distancing and lockdown measures, forcing businesses to close their office doors and to rethink and strategize their business models to ensure that their businesses can still survive during and after the pandemic. A key factor in ensuring a business can survive, is through remote/virtual working.
Currently, remote/virtual working is not a new concept to the world, over the past couple of years, research and studies have been done by Cornell University’s Centre of Advanced Human Resources, showcasing that over nine Fortune 500 companies, on average have 50% of their employees working remotely. These companies include IBM, General Mills, CitiGroup, Cisco Systems and more. So, what does the future of business look like in light of the coronavirus pandemic?
Most certainly, remote/virtual working will become more popular and evident across most companies in the future. During social distancing measures and nationwide lockdowns, businesses have the opportunity to see how well it can function and perform via remote working with all of its employees. However, with remote working, there are two factors involved, trust and responsibility. For employers, offering remote working options for employees means that those that own and run the business are putting a massive amount of trust into their employees, trusting that they still provide the same quality and efficiency of work that would have been doing in their office environments. For employees, remote working takes on a larger responsibility, communication and quality of work is priority and ultimately, due to your newfound independency, it is your responsibility as an individual employee to showcase that you are capable of working in these conditions in order to avoid losing your job.
As in employee, how can I successfully work remotely?
It is important to remember that when working remotely/virtually, the biggest change you will experience is in the environment in which you do you work. Therefore, it is important to remember the following factors:
NOTE: If you do not have an uncapped wifi plan or fibre, it is then a priority to make sure you upgrade or change your plan, as this is very important in remote working, without it, you cannot work.
As an employer, what must I consider when hiring for remote/virtual positions?
For many businesses, the key to success lies in hiring remote employees. By hiring virtual employees, companies can enjoy increased productivity, expanded talent pools, more loyal employees, and reduced overhead costs. However, whether transitioning some employees to work remotely or looking to hire for remote positions these are some key factors to take into consideration:
As of now, it is uncertain when normal life will go back to the way it was. For business owners, this is a time to evaluate the structure of your business and how it can still perform successfully and for employees, this is a time to take control of your job, contribute 110% and adapt accordingly. Unfortunately for some people, they have experienced retrenchment during such a difficult time, but that does not mean that there are no opportunities out there for you to still make a living during this pandemic and after. As remote/virtual work begins to become more available, this also brings new opportunities for current and new employees to venture into.