The new landscape that we are now in, has an awful lot of us separated in our togetherness. Working remotely looks like being a new norm, rather than the luxury or quirk it once was. But are we prepared?
In this April 26, 2020 article https://en.annahar.com/article/1175284-is-working-remotely-the-new-norm I noticed two things: a Norwegian economist study estimating that about 36% of jobs could be realistically performed from home – and a recent PWC study showing that about half of businesses expect a dip in productivity during the pandemic due to a lack of remote work capabilities.
I also found out that 56% of companies worldwide allow remote work (in whatever degree). And a recent survey of 5,700 Harvard Business School alumni found that 52% believe the typical company will employ fewer workers three years from now.
A lot of us are still in shock beyond the other elements in the wake of this huge human tragedy – stock markets that plunged to dizzying depths, a global recession in the making and an uncertain future.
And we are still feeling the absence of Magna International Inc.’s 2020 outlook, withdrawn because of the “high degree of business uncertainty” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/magna-withdraws-guidance-due-to-business-uncertainty-caused-by-covid-19-outbreak-1.1413492 )
Struggling from the last several weeks, many businesses are now almost unrecognizable in how they operate in a fast-changing and uncertain time. Amidst all this activity, we are also finding out that by working remotely, there’s a need for new processes to be put in place, to adjust and adapt to a business world of great digital economy and efficiency. Along with the new processes, new experts will be required, to teach some of the new ways of doing ways in doing our work.
There is one sector that may prove very helpful to many of us, even those of us already in it.
“Because the tech world has the highest saturation of knowledge-based workers and due to the type of tasks that they complete, they’ve been able to accelerate and incubate remote work at a higher saturation level than other industries,” remote-work strategist Laurel Farrer said in a recent article, https://builtin.com/remote-work/covid-19-remote-work-future. So what we can now do, says Farrer is take the best practices and strategies of those fully-distributed companies, and adapt and share them with other industries.
But even the companies of tech experts may need help in using best practices and strategies to operate in a changed world. In a world now so dependent on tech, the demands may also be greater, and the strategies may need to be adapted and repurposed.
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