“If you’re doing business, change is inevitable and constant” began Samuel Perez, spokesperson for WhereverWork, encapsulating the current atmosphere in the global workspace. Remote work, which once existed on the periphery of standard practices, has disrupted traditional notions of the ‘office’ giving rise to a new era of flexibility and connectivity.
A recent PwC survey revealed that while only 13% of executives are ready to abandon their offices altogether, most recognize its role as a nexus for collaboration and relationship building. Yet this shift does not imply a return to pre-pandemic norms.
Shifting Perceptions of Office Culture
Despite the vital role of physical offices, executives are not championing a return to full-time office occupancy. When asked how many days employees should be in the office to foster a strong culture, the majority answered, “At least three days.” Only a fraction,5%, believed that an office presence was not needed to maintain company culture.
This signifies a shift from an office-centric to a results-oriented approach, reflecting the new reality of work in a post-pandemic world. The shift toward remote work isn’t a distant vision; it’s happening right now. A study by Ladders projected a continued increase in remote work opportunities through 2023, with nearly 15% of all high-paying jobs in the U.S. already adopting this model by the end of 2020. Companies like Wherever Work is at the forefront of this evolution. Perez stated,
“Outsourcing isn’t a novel concept. But a fully remote workforce adds a new dimension. The proven success of remote teams and the rapid digital transformation of businesses signal a new era in global outsourcing – an era we at WhereverWork are keen to lead.”
Remote Work: A Global Perspective
The latest data from The 2023 State of Remote Work is revealing. An overwhelming 98% of respondents expressed a desire to work remotely for the rest of their careers. But while 64% preferred to work remotely all the time, only 18% favoured a hybrid model. This indicates a clear gap between executive and employee preferences.
While 68% of respondents found remote work highly positive, one-third reported spending excessive time at home due to a lack of reasons to leave. This suggests the remote work model is still evolving, and the best practices are still being refined.
Not everyone shares the optimism around remote work. Management consultant John Walden offered a sobering counterpoint:
“While remote work has gained traction, we must not overlook the realities of isolation and overwork. Boundaries between work and personal life can become blurry in a full-time remote setup.“
This perspective resonates with a McKinsey report revealing that 52% of employees prefer a hybrid or remote work model, with 47% feeling a lack of vision from their companies post-pandemic.
The Future of Remote Work
Despite the debate surrounding the best model, the movement towards remote work appears to be an unstoppable force. Perez concluded,
“With WhereverWork’s growth, we’re not just riding a trend. We’re part of a seismic shift in how we perceive and conduct work. We’re fostering a community where work is no longer confined by geography, but empowered by it.”
The future of work is in the making. As Perez stated, change is constant – and it is shaped by digital innovation, shifting employee expectations, and visionary companies like WhereverWork. As the understanding of ‘office’ changes and the benefits of remote work become increasingly clear, it’s undeniable that a new era in the remote work industry is onthe horizon.