History of Work
During the entire history of humankind, location dependency was the key if you wanted to get a job. Working from home was not even a possibility and proximity was the key to productivity. (Yeah the boss thinks that if you are in the office you are working).
Try looking back to what led to the location dependency in the past? It points towards the technology & infrastructure available only in the central work spaces. Lack of technology advancement did not allow the work environment to be flexible.
Think for a moment, humans have shifted from nomads to living in various cities, to earn bread and butter. It has even gotten to the point that living in the same city you work, doesn’t even save you from having to travel into work. In some of the largest cities (New York, London, Mumbai, California) in the world, commuting for 2-hour to work is not unusual.
Evolution of Remote Work
The idea of telecommuting has been around for a while. Today the technology has given exposure to companies of all sizes across industries. Now the internet let you work remotely, from any corner of the world you feel the most productive.
According to a report by PwC, 64% of millennials would like the opportunity to work from home.
There are still a high number of companies and tech startups that are afraid of allowing remote work. Entrepreneurs have a hard time believing the fact, they can have teams across the world, and still run a successful company.
This is due to the circulated myths about remote work on productivity and collaboration terms. Read more about myths here.
10 years ago, remote employment meant a telemarketing or customer service position at below minimum wage. Today work from home is very popular among freelancers. Large pool of graphic designers, web developers, bloggers and writers work remotely. Availability of high-speed internet, cloud-based tools and flexible work spaces made this possible.
Current Trends in Remote Work
Companies as big as WordPress run 100% distributed teams. The company shut down its office four years ago and went remote. Today it is running successfully with a net worth of $1.16 billion (as of 2017).
Remote work is a reality today and is happening now. Global workplace analytics reported that 90% of employees work remotely (in some way) at least once a week. You also might already be working remotely without even realizing it. Companies encourage employees to have conference calls and collaborate via screen sharing. All this because few of the teams are already distributed across different regions.
Have you ever checked your emails on a vacation or when traveling for business? That is [subtle] remote work. All your work is being done on the internet, you communicate via cloud-based tools. You are virtually connected with your colleagues without being physically present in your company’s office.
Distributed Teams are The Future of Work
The remote workforce is growing at an astonishing rate. We are waltzing into a new era of hyper mobility. There are abundant resources available to help companies manage and grow a remote workforce.
Mark Gilbreath, founder, and CEO of LiquidSpace said, “30% of enterprise workspace portfolio would be flexible by 2030.”
The location will no longer be a limitation. Flexible office spaces platforms such as LiquidSpace are solving the location problem efficiently. Today organizations like Trello, WordPress, Github, Buffer etc. are successfully working remotely.
Remote work is on the rise. Over the last couple of years, not only employees but employers have also accepted remote work and have started working remotely. Currently, full-time employees are working remotely at least once a week and the idea of remote work or work from home is appealing to many. The number of remote workers is only going up in the future.
Harvard business review reported an increase of 13.5% in productivity when the employees of Ctrip’s call center were permitted to work remotely.
Harvard business review reported a 13.5% increase in productivity when the employees of Ctrip’s call center were permitted to work remotely.
What Do You Think?
If you (your team) have been working-from-home, not from the cubicle few days a month, you feel that sometimes things may go wrong. Fear of unexpected changes in the environment causes collaboration delays, fatal miscommunications, and loss of productivity. But it doesn't have to be that way. All you need is to learn how to weed this out and make it work seamlessly.
Surround yourself with people who have been down the lane you want to go; who have made all the mistakes and are now successful.
Learn from experts about building a flexible team or working flexible to drop your fear and embrace the future of work.
Learn more about flexible working and remote work from remote work expert Mark Gilbreath, CEO, and founder of LiquidSpace.