Hybrid or Remote: What is the Future of Distance Working?

Hybrid or Remote: What is the Future of Distance Working?

How Work is Changing

It is undeniable that the way we work, and how businesses function is changing – and it is unlikely to ever return to the way it was before.

Industry leaders need to recognise these facts, and understand that if they fail to make adjustments, especially when they have the ability to do so, then their competitors will – and they will be at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to sourcing new talent, maintaining the existing workforce, and growing the company for the future.

Technology is also radically changing the way in which work is undertaken, with the ability to have digital conferences now much more reliable, AI and VR offering integrated options, and so much more.

Companies that are slow to adapt or adjust are going to find themselves left behind, and whilst their existing workforce might be content with the current situation (which may even be a bit of a stretch given how many people prefer the options for remote or hybrid solutions) – upcoming and new workers, who are part of the generation that is technologically driven, are going to expect a certain level of engagement and consideration for their time.


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How Can You Prepare to Make It Work?

It does take time and effort to make remote and hybrid working function smoothly, and it’s important that management take the time to build certain levels of competency, confidence, and take care to manage their teams, even when they’re not all in the same building.

Successful hybrid and remote working models should create a shared workspace that, whilst being partially or solely virtual, promotes:

  • Establishment of common ground (there should be no classism or discrimination for workers that work remotely or not)
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration – there are plenty of tools that provide communal environments with real-time engagement
  • Facilitate teamwork

Remote and hybrid working isn’t going to go anywhere in the short term, and as more technologies adapt and adjust, it’s potentially likely that remote will become the dominant working option – but whether or not a business is set up to handle this, will depend on how well they have evaluated their operations, and how well they understand their workforce.


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