Could remote working be the new trend in the job?

Why is it profitable to working remotely

Hey, people! Look around — the COVID-19 lockdown changed our lives. We stopped shake hands; we abandon hugs, and only air kisses can throw to each other. Many people are keeping stay home feeling safe, and finding new ways to work and be productive.

Many business has been slow, and some of them even down. To survive, companies implemented a remote working of their staff. But what should we expect after the quarantine will be expired? Probably, we will work remotely forever?

When quarantine measures against COVID-19 spreading locked people down in their homes, many businesses were saved due to the remote working of their staff. Moreover, the operational costs for rent, office supplies, and utilities were cut in many cases. And it allowed in some way to come to terms with the reduction in profits. At the very least, lowering the operating costs is quite the right way to save money for the business.

In the article How to arrange a remote office quickly and safely, we describe some ways to move to the distant mode of working.

Some months ago, millions of people in business and employees hurried up to drastically change their routine, trying to save the business continuity being self-isolated in our apartments. Wow, many of them really succeed in it. Instead of open-plan offices, we locate our working places in dining rooms, or bedrooms, or sitting rooms. Whole families currently are working (and studying, sure!) together aimed to stay efficient. Nothing matters more than many of us do it so good that many owners and managers of a C-level now seriously look into the possibility to keep the status quo and enable at least some of their staff to continue working remotely.  

Definitely, the new formula of business success is "Be flexible, cut costs, work remotely, keep control, trust your employees!"

It seems a remote working is a panacea for any business. Actually, not. In some industries, such a format for organizing work is not possible by definition, for example, for truckers or confectioners. But we wouldn't consider them at all.

Let's look to some companies that are quite capable of moving their staff to remote work partially or even completely, but don't do it. Why? Actually, there are various reasons.

Some experts tell many enterprises' owners and C-level managers are against the idea of remote work, being scared to lose... its corporate culture. Usually, some managers mean the physical presence of staff in the office for direct communication with each other, and their heads are necessary to ensure a higher performance than working from home.

You see, actually, there's a grain of truth in this position, but a very-very small grain. Really, employees who work from home are hard to be kept under control. You never know exactly what your staff does during a business time when they are away from your eyes. On the other hand, bethink could you be sure that your employees really work being inside of the office. Believe me,  the person who doesn't wanna work will do it at all, neither at the office nor at home. So trust your employees more and let them be productive working in the most comfortable place. Some will choose an office; others will be much more effective remotely. Allow them to select options.

Sure, the coronavirus COVID-19 really has changed our usual way of life. Skype and similar apps for video conferencing have proven that it's not necessary to be physically in the same room for productive meetings with colleagues or negotiations with clients.

And many managers are seriously considering the possibility of extending the remote work of their companies for an extended period. Accordingly to experts' estimations, near 2/3 of mid-ranking managers think that 5%-20% of their companies' staff will be moved to the permanent remote working in the nearest future.

Why have companies become so loyal to remote working? First of all, it allows for cutting costs significantly. Really, companies can save their budgets on real estate rental, when most of their employees don't need to be present in office - so, less working space, fewer rental premises, and, respectively, fewer costs.

But if to add costs to corporate lunches, or coffee-breaks, or drinking-water, and office supplies, computing equipment and furniture for personal working places, so on — you'll be able to cut down significant expenses. Even if 10 of 100 your employees will permanently work from home, it allows you to save a lot of money for staff maintenance.

Think twice before to force your staff coming back to offices: the COVID-19 is still dangerous, and urban public transport with mobs of passengers can produce new waves of defeat. It's true that a lot of people prefer to keep themselves away from others avoiding scores of people in buses, trams, and subways.

To save their market positions and money, companies should adapt to new circumstances as quickly as possible. We believe that the recession in the global economy due to COVID-19 quarantine can be slowed down if businesses will see opportunities. For example, to reduce rental and maintenance costs by letting their staff stay home after the COVID-19 lockdown.

Indeed, even with the partial transfer of personnel to a remote model, companies can seriously save on renting premises and equipping working places.

The quarantine crisis COVID-19 has affected all areas of the business, transforming the economy. Those companies that will be able to reorient their processes from offline to online quickly would win. E.g., retail trade and restaurant businesses, that timely had created e-commerce websites on the Internet can take orders for their products remotely and deliver them to customers using various courier delivery services. The COVID-19 forced the world to redistribute labor resources; some enterprises had to lay off the employees; somewhere, on the contrary, the demand for new workers is growing. But these are the new environment to which the world needs to adapt.

It is likely that remote work as the main format for the corporate business operating will remain with us forever.

It's time to realize that both society and technology in the current environment have developed sufficiently to make the remote format accessible to a broader range of positions and occupations than ever before. Almost all office processes and operations can indeed be successfully carried out remotely.

After the long-term lockdown of COVID-19, businesses need to review their processes radically to survive. In most cases, the switch to remote mode is quite simple. SIM-Networks specialists will help your company organize the transition to remote work by deploying the infrastructure of your office in the cloud IaaS, on a dedicated server, or VDS in a protected datacenter of Tier III+ class in Germany.

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Author: Alisa Kandieieva

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