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Long before the pandemic hit us, remote work was only a luxury to a few.

Teams were thought to be their most innovative when present all together in a room. And being physically present in the office was a necessity in many jobs. 

But this was only because people didn’t believe in the true potential of remote work. Businesses didn’t think their employees would work-from-home and employees didn’t think they would feel their most productive working remotely. 

But shortly, all of us were forced to do it. 

Although there are a lot of businesses that have been running fully remotely for years but in 2020, it was the first time it became the mainstream way of working. And soon after, teams began to experience the benefits involved in it.

There is a reason why companies like Microsoft offer their employees to work from home even after spending loads of money on physical offices. Or companies like Shopify has had only fully distributed team for years. 

The evolution of ‘Traditional’ Work

“Ten years ago, remote work basically meant a telemarketing or customer service position at below minimum wage. It rarely was connected with a full-time career.” said Samantha Lambert, director of human resources at website design company Blue Fountain Media

But today, technology has allowed us to work from anywhere in the world. It has opened new doors where team members can easily interact and collaborate while being in different locations. 

With seamless video conferencing, easy work tracking, and virtual workspaces, remote work is proving more effective than the traditional way of working. 

Not to forget, the reduced expenses on office spaces and traditional work is only the cherry on top of the cake. 

These advances in technology have made remote work possible for many of us today. 

But we have to acknowledge the fact that some teams cannot thrive in a remote setting.

Teams that just cannot focus when working from home.

And it’s not because remote work isn’t the right fit for them. It’s because they were not prepared to start working in a fully remote environment.

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The Rise of Remote Work

The challenges of remote work were not that team members were not present in the same room – but the lack of process and guidelines required for team members to efficiently work from home. 

All of a sudden, team members needed solid communication hygienes, more motivation to stay focused, and higher transparency to get work done. 

Managers needed to be more adaptable to changes and teams needed to be more accepting. And only those could achieve it was able to sustain successfully.

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The future of remote work lies in adaptability

There is no denying that technology has made work easier for a lot of people. Whether working remotely or not, technology and tools have made it simpler to manage people and work better. 

But the world that we live in is highly dynamic. Trends change quickly and teams that are able to adapt well to this change are the one’s that win in the long run. 

Before Covid-19 hit the world, nobody really thought traditional offices would shut down completely. Since these trends are hard to predict, only teams that can easily transition and adapt can run the long race.

According to Forbes, the pandemic has brought forth three broad set of trends:

  • Higher reliance to remote work 
  • Higher use of eCommerce and virtual transaction
  • Higher adoption of automation

Prepare your team

Teams all over the world are fighting and bringing innovation in their work models to best suit their current circumstances. And it has become essential that they do so. 

Most of these changes in your way of working might question the rudimentary functioning of organisational work – but your team must be prepared for whatever is to come their way. 

Change acts as catalysts to reshape your current way of working and in order to excel, you must embrace this change.

Poorvi Naithani

Content Marketer

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