Millennial and Gen-Z workers are moving quality of life to the forefront, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a growing trend that can’t, and won’t be ignored, considering that these types of workers make up the majority workforce today, and also represent the future of our workforce. Younger workers are clearly changing the way they work, and how we as a society will work as a whole.

Now more than ever, people have begun working outside of “the office.” Some companies today exist entirely thanks to a telecommuting workforce. It’s clear that the idea of sitting at a cubicle for eight hours is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

While the concept of remote working has been around for years, the new technological advancements have made it a practical solution. We’ve now reached a point where cloud based infrastructures have been created, video calls and telework have been normalized, and network connectivity troubles have been nearly erased. With new tools and accepted norms in place, the younger generation of workers are bringing about a future of remote work focused on helping people “live” in addition to just “working.”

The current state of working remotely.

There’s currently a shifting concept of what a “workplace” is. With the mainstream acceptance of remote work, we’ve seen that workers are still productive outside of the office, if not more productive.

The at-home workforce today are looking for the most comfortable work environment to inspire their best work. Remote work helps employees find that environment that works best for them. With the flexibility to work in new locations, remote workers gain the inspiration needed to put out quality work. At the same time, employers keep costs low and minimize overhead by reducing the need for office space.

 

 

Companies today have already seen the mutual benefits of remote work and have begun investing in remote methodologies for their workers. This has led to several new trends which can be seen below: 

  • Coworking spaces There’s been an incredible demand for flexible work environments, as seen through the widespread usage of companies like WeWork. These spaces provide a variety of amenities like food, coffee, and inspirational quotes which help create comfortable, productive work environments for patrons. They’re all about making guests feel at home, and they’ve taken off dramatically in recent years. 
  • Travel working Gen-Z employees have been big proponents of this “extended-vacation” method of work. It’s part of the “digital nomad” lifestyle trend, where younger workers travel all over while still managing to do work. Workers that follow this trend have still been able to travel across states and countries over an extended period while still putting out quality work for well-known organizations. It’s already been proven to be practical for many people, and the data indicates it’s here to stay.
  • Gigging This method of work gives young workers the means to work multiple jobs without constrained hours. Employees are able to work their own hours for the main company they work for, while also being able to freelance or work part-time at another position. It’s an alternative method of working that allows people to have an added level of flexibility with what they do.
  • Condensed weeks Some remote employees have started testing the concept of a shorter workweek on their own. Just because you work for four days, doesn’t mean you can’t be highly productive! The added day of free-time allows individuals to focus adding joy to their lives or even additional gigs and side projects.

As more workers demand flexible work arrangements, companies are beginning to adjust their own methods of work. Employers are starting to realize the benefits of remote work not only for their workers, but also the work they produce and their bottom line. 

The future of remote working.

The million dollar question: where is remote work headed? 

In the short-term, 2021, we’ll likely to see an influx of remote work opportunities begin sprouting up. Because of current safety conditions and potential cost savings, it’s likely that more and more companies will shift to remote work. As productivity and well-being benefits are being quickly realized, a widespread shift to remote work in the long-term is inevitable. With a shift away from standard office setups, to more flexible hours, we could even see companies hire workers to complete tasks at all hours of the day.

It’s impossible to see exactly what the future has in store, but recent events and data indicate that remote work is here to stay. This evidence suggests that remote work will be a major part of companies in the years to come and will permanently alter traditional ways of working norms as we know them. This is the new normal.

So, where do we go from here? Touria is developing incredible solutions that will transform how and where we work. 

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” — Confucius

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