There are high expectations about how 2020 saw many companies move to remote work or hybrid work and with the announcement of a vaccine, the question that many are asking is what will happen to remote work in 2021?
For this, the State of Remote Work 2020 survey carried out by Owl-labs and Global Workplace analytics around the world gives us many lights on what is the present of remote work and what we will see in 2021
1. Remote work will be a highly valued benefit to retain talent in companies
This year remote work will continue and this is not only a consequence of Covid, remote work had been growing continuously around the world, and Covid only accelerated it, the difference this year is that even the companies that lag behind with respect to this alternative had the opportunity to test it as your only alternative to continue operating.
But what will happen when it is no longer mandatory? will become an option for the employer, and a very necessary option to retain talent, the survey of the state of remote work reveals that 77% of respondents say that being able to work from home after Covid, would make them happier, and even 50% of employees will not return to jobs that do not offer the benefit of remote work.
2. Remote work will drive work for results
Companies that were forced to work remotely in 2020 learned that monitoring their employees' every step is not the best path. Being the first to arrive at the office and the last to leave is not synonymous with being the most productive employee and being busy all the time "feels like working" but it is not and in 2021 we will learn collaborators for their results not for connection time.
This will be the year in which many leaders will learn how to set clear goals for their team, delegate activities remotely, have confidence that their employees will get the work done on time.
3. Video conferencing software will be part of the basic stack
Video conferencing applications All grew rapidly during 2020, Video conferencing applications became the best way to connect us and it is no surprise that in the second quarter of 2020, Zoom joined Pokémon GO and TikTok as the only applications that they were installed more than 300 million times in a single quarter.
The technology budgets of companies, schools and universities around the world will have an annual budget destined to acquire technology that allows people to stay connected. it will cease to be a fancy tool or a basic necessity.
4. Asynchronous communication will favor diversity
In 2020, he taught us that for remote work to work, it is not necessary for the entire team to work in the same place, or at the same time, or at the same time, or at the same latitude. Asynchronous communication will increase diversity in hiring.
2021 will open the spectrum of possibilities for talent from around the world to be hired remotely even being in different time zones, this year we will see an increase in asynchronous work and this will be accompanied by an increase in diversity that will favor all companies that accept the challenge of seeking international talent.
5. Task management technology will diversify
Asynchronous work and task management go hand in hand with collaboration and by 2021 it will be available to hundreds of remote teams in any industry and exclusive to the project manager.
For years project management was a specialized area that was only available to project managers and was frequently implemented in areas of technology.
This paradigm will change this year and we will see creative agencies, law firms, HR areas and various industries implementing technologies for collaboration, projects, time management and agility. Not only in planning, but in the execution and control of activities, these tools will be assimilated as everyday tools.