Working remotely is not much of a huge privilege anymore, at least not in the United States. It’s become almost a standard of living for at least 50% of professionals in the country. Home office isn’t exclusive to StartUps. Traditional businesses are also adapting to this new ‘style’ of work.
Other countries such as Brazil, are still on the path to have remote work (home office) as part of their new standard of work.
2019 is the year that will push this innovative trend forward and that’s why businesses are giving more importance to which HR Tech they choose to have in their company.
1 – Companies are looking for advanced digital skills
Professionals specialized in technology go beyond the areas of software development. Businesses today expect even their entry level employers to feel comfortable working with different types of digital tools, especially those who work remotely.
2 – Office days will still exist
One of the biggest complaints regarding remote work is the lack of interaction with colleagues and team members. A lot of employers prefer the ‘face-to-face’ teamwork over feeling alone and secluded at home. To incentivize more face-to-face collaboration, companies are requiring their professionals to at least be in the office once or twice a week.
3 – Cybersecurity will become even more relevant now
Last year (2018), many large companies were victims of cyber attacks. Companies such as Facebook reported on some very worrisome data breaches. With the increase of home offices, companies should reinforce their IT security even more. A good start is to develop unified security policies for internal and remote employees; restrict access to sensitive data for those who try to access it from public Wi-Fi networks and exploit state-of-the-art security tools.
4 – Trust is everything
A recent study revealed that less than half of professionals trust their current employer, manager or even team. Trust becomes even a larger issue amongst teams who work remotely. Promoting more transparency and collaboration between remote teams and management should become the new standard for 2019.
5 – It’s required to be specialized in something
The ‘generalist’ era is over. Most employers are going after talents with specific skill sets: 78% of HR managers said that most skills will become even more specific in the next 10 years.
6 – Legislative changes can lead to more remote office work
The FASB / IASB accounting changes should take effect on January 1, 2019 in the US, affecting all companies that lease commercial real estate. As a cost optimization strategy, savvy companies can choose to use remote work and hire new employees remotely.
7 – Training for remote teams
It is already recognized by employers that the lack of learning opportunities can be overwhelming and discouraging. This extends to teams that work remotely. Learning and training programs tend to grow amongst employers with multiple remote teams and professionals.
8 – At home or coworking?
Coworking spaces have become a go-to place for the remote professional. By 2019, employees who travel remotely, for example, may finally be able to match their need for a decent Wi-Fi for work and some pool time. An expanding hotel chain called Selina, blends sophisticated suites with dormitories and coworking spaces. After testing their operating model in Latin America and succeeding, the company is further expanding this idea to the U.S and Europe.
Some signs indicate that companies in the public and private sectors increasingly recognize the benefits of hiring and retaining remote professionals.
The new Millennials and Generation Z professionals will work and live in a time where more companies will be adopting more flexible work policies.
If you are planning a transition to work remotely, 2019 is your year! Take the first step in this direction and get to know Enlizt.