In 2017, more than 4.3 million people worked remotely in the UK. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that three quarters of these people were experienced professionals who work in the highest skilled areas of the economy.
As you will have seen in our recent Telecoms in 2018 blog, broadband speed in the average UK home has increased by 3.6 times since 2012 and a plethora of new tools have come about to make communication and collaboration with customers, suppliers, team members and the rest of your organisation easier than ever before.
An omnichannel approach to communication means that remote workers can be integrated into daily company life, while also maintaining the flexibility they need. Unifying voice channels, email and video conferencing under one key strategy makes collaboration simple, with tools like instant messaging helping replicate the social contact which makes work enjoyable.
Remote working is not just for global business and large corporate or public sector organisations. Small businesses can also embrace the virtual team, with productivity and access to the best talent being the biggest benefits. Research shows that employees working remotely are highly productive, motivated and committed to their employers.
Virtual teams are quite simply, groups who operate remotely. They don’t physically work in the same place – and often they have never even met – but they keep in contact through virtual team platforms and video chats.
There are many advantages of virtual teams, including:
- They cut costs for employee travel and expenses
- They eliminate the need for more corporate infrastructure
- They help companies find talented staff on their necessary budget from a global pool of resources
- They are easy to scale up and down when the need arises
It’s no secret that the workplace is constantly evolving and many people believe that most offices will become remote in the future. With video conferencing, live video feeds and document creation applications, as well as cloud-based CRM and project management tools, it’s a fantastic way to change the way that people work together.
Due to the increased availability of Wi-Fi and the advent of almost ubiquitous urban 4G, the remote workplace is more possible and will continue to be so throughout the next few years. Some companies have even completely stopped using traditional offices.
In many cases, a mixture of remote and office-based work can provide the best of both worlds – remote working for times when you need to get your head down and concentrate; office-based working for more communicative, collaborative or client-facing work.
This approach allows organisations to downsize their office space and associated costs, whilst still providing a physical base and social hub for their staff. Instead of providing a permanent desk for each employee, the office will be a place where people come and go as they please, with a mixture of communal spaces, meeting rooms and quiet areas to suit different working styles.
One thing is clear: in the future of work, the idea of being tied to an office desk 40 hours a week will no longer be acceptable or reasonable. For many younger workers, this is already the case. Remote, flexible and virtual-team working is the future, and organisations must start to adapt now.
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