The ‘Work from Home World”- how technology is facilitating this changing landscape

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 30th, 2020

The ‘Work from Home World”- how technology is facilitating this changing landscape

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on March 30, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has completely shifted the way we work. It’s forced us to take part in the world’s biggest “Work from Home” experiment and whilst for many it’s been a welcomed break from office life, for others the change has been disruptive and unsettling.

One thing is for sure, technology had been a key facilitator in making this possible to varying degrees of success. Thankfully we’ve been operating a flexible, agile working model for nearly 2 years.  We spend 3 days a week in our Manchester office and 2 days per week at home which is unusual within recruitment.  As a result, we’ve moved to a 100% WFH model incredibly easily, with no service interruptions or working practice changes needed. 

Key ways technology facilitates remote work

Logistics

  • Access to personal or work laptop
  • Smartphones
  • Wifi connection
  • Network/coverage

Productivity

  • Cloud-based services
  • Google Drive/document storage
  • Shared calendar/organisation
  • Online productivity apps/platforms

Connectivity

  • Video conferencing
  • Group calls
  • Social connectivity

Specialist Tech

  • Industry specific technology

For businesses such as ourselves who already operated a flexible business model, the transition to becoming fully remote has been smooth. However, this can’t be said for all and the current situation has highlighted a severe lack of technology infrastructure for some businesses.

Remote working has become increasingly popular in recent years and “by 2030, the demand for remote work will increase by 30% due to Generation Z fully entering the workforce” (Gartner). If this hasn’t already caused businesses to start exploring how viable a 100% WFH model is, the COVID-19 pandemic certainly has. 

“By 2030, the demand for remote work will increase by 30% due to Generation Z fully entering the workforce” (Gartner).

 

However viable or not, there are some key questions around cyber security, scalability, and employee welfare to be asked. It’s been identified that the biggest challenge is technology infrastructure followed closely by a lack of comfort with new ways of working.

Whilst for now the focus is on making remote models work, when working from home becomes a choice and not a forced option, we expect to see conversations about employee welfare and workplace satisfaction rise. How will we keep employees motivated? How do we track their progress? Will people enjoy their work in solitude when the novelty of sofa comfort and pyjamas wears off? It will certainly be interesting to see how technology will then come into play.

 

Contact Tilt recruitment to discuss your 2020 recruitment needs- 01625 525 300

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