The Evolution of Remote Work ​

Introduction

As the digital era progresses and the #workfromwherever and #digitalnomad trends gain traction, remote work has become increasingly visible in recent years. However, the idea of working from home is not new at all. ​
In actuality, people were conducting business out of their houses long before the Internet existed. The idea of labar groups coming together in large numbers to accomplish tasks collectively, for any purpose other than fighting wars and providing medical care for sick and injured people (which is typically brought on by fighting wars), didn’t really take hold until the industrial revolution. ​
The “norm” in society shifted dramatically, moving from a world of solitary laborers selling their goods and talents from their homes to something more.

Table of content

  • Introduction​
  • History of Telework​
  • Shift from factories to cubicles​
  • Difference Between Remote-First and Remote-Friendly Businesses?​
  • Remote Work the Future?​
  • Adaptable Remote workforces ​​

Where It Started: A History of Telework​

When NASA engineer Jack Nilles first used the phrase “telecommuting” in 1973, he set the groundwork for contemporary remote working, even before the days of Skype and Zoom chats. A small group of IBM employees were testing the viability of telecommuting even before the term “modern remote working” was coined at the start of the new millennium.​

From a small team of five remote workers, call center employees grew to 2,000 by 1983, with the option to work from home for those who choose.

​Now commonplace is something that once would have seemed like a craze. 74% of companies, according to a Gartner poll, intend to move their staff to.

How The Shift From Factories and Cubicles to Wi-Fi and Zoom

A new era of business, dominated by the entrepreneur, began in 1999 with the creation of the first website and the rise of garage businesses. Startups redefined the nature of labor, first being associated with financially strapped college students and individuals who had departed from the corporate sector in pursuit of greater autonomy, prosperity, and life satisfaction.​

Entrepreneurs labored out of box rooms, sheds, and garages until they found backers who were willing to support them, driven by a tight budget and guts. Even back then, many made the decision to start flexible enterprises, enabling both themselves and their employees to carry on as before: working from any location.

What’s the Difference Between Remote-First and Remote-Friendly Businesses?​

  • The software company GetApp estimates that, since 2010, there has been a 400% growth in the number of remote workers. Of those asked, 78% said they work remotely at least occasionally. Businesses that prioritize remote work these days include GitLab and Zapier, while Google and Microsoft are known for being remote-friendly.

  • There is a distinction between a company that prioritizes remote work and one that is merely accommodating remote workers, even if all businesses will need to adjust to remote working on an unprecedented scale in the wake of the epidemic.

Why Is Remote Work the Future?

Office cubicles are an anomaly in the history of work, which has mostly been done remotely. It is not a fad that remote work is gaining in popularity. Its lengthy history serves as proof that it is somewhat inevitable. The epidemic has hastened this, and most professional choices now involve some level of remote employment going forward. ​

The option to work remotely, at least part of the time, and flexible scheduling are becoming increasingly important for employee retention. Those who work remotely are significantly more engaged than those who spend five days a week in an office. Those who work remotely for three or four days a week, 60–80% of the time, are actually significantly more engaged than those who work on-site full-time. According to one example study, remote workers’ higher output was equivalent to working an additional full day. ​

Most workers who make the switch to remote work never look back, according to statistics. As a matter of fact, ninety percent of remote workers plan to work remotely for the rest of their careers. Additionally, 94% of remote workers happily encourage others to adopt the same lifestyle, so they are more than willing to promote it to others.

When The Future of Work Will See Adaptable, Remote Workforces

  • Advances in computers gave people the ability to use portable computers (laptops), and they have increasingly done so, with the eventual evolution of the tablet and smartphone. Machines that once took up entire rooms now fit in your backpack, purse, or pocket.
  • Thanks to Wi-Fi, these devices can connect anywhere else in the world that also has internet access. 
  • And then came “the cloud,” that great metaphorical storage hub for all your data, allowing you to access and share documents, files, and software through cloud-based computing.
  • Team collaboration tools like Slack and Sococo, along with project management tools like Asana have given managers and business owners easy systems that allow them to run their teams efficiently regardless of where they are. And with the advent of video conferencing, all the technology needed to allow people to work from anywhere is in place.

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CONCLUSION

In essence, firms can increase employee retention rates by permitting remote work for teams. When team members depart for more fertile ground, they are no longer as concerned about the expenditure, interruption, and annoyance that may result.​

It’s time to get ready for the future of work and how much remote work will entail, as the advantages vastly exceed the drawbacks.

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