Forward thinking companies adopt permanent Work From Home positions -is this the future of work?
I personally have quite a strong view on the benefits of remote work, being myself such a big 'Work from Home' and 'Work from Anywhere' advocate.
I thought this read was particularly insightful. More and more big employers are talking about permanent work-from-home positions. I reckon this is here to stay and we are experiencing the beginning of a massive (long overdue) shift - boosted by the current Covid-19 crisis.
We're not only talking about tech companies like Slack, Google, Amazon, Facebook or Microsoft (mentioned in this article). We're also talking about other sectors:
- Mondelez' CEO said the coronavirus crisis has showed "we can work in different ways," and as a result, the company does not need all its global offices.
- Nationwide, which has gone to 98% work from home during Covid-19, announced a permanent transition to a hybrid model, with working-from-office in four main corporate campuses and working-from-home in most other locations.
- Barclays CEO Jes Staley said crowded corporate offices with thousands of employees "may be a thing of the past."
Such decisions show the way and give us a glimpse of what the Future of Work looks like.
There are huge benefits of WFH / remote work. A few examples: as an employer, you have access to a big talent pool, not limited geographically, you don't need to spend money in renting a big office space and you can invest what you saved in your product or your people, you value a management culture led by trust over control (Next Gen will appreciate that!). As an employee, this means more flexibility, priceless freedom and a sense of responsibility and empowerment most will highly value!
Of course there are challenges associated to that. Managers needs to be ready to support their teams, be able to create a "team spirit" while working in a virtual workspace, corporations need to have the right tools/IT infrastructure, and need to create regular face to face interactions opportunities (very important!).
That said, I believe it may not be for everyone as it depends on everyone's personality and aspirations. The company culture is critical in this, and so is recruitment. Maybe the solution lies in hybrid models to adjust to all needs?
Travel managers: I'm keen to understand if such policies has been discussed in your respective organisations, and what role travel and mobility can play in such policies?
I'm even tempted to push this further, with remote work policies influenced by the digital nomad lifestyle mixing work and travel. But let's save this for some future thread ;-)
Please share your thoughts!