Remote work has been a popular topic for quite a while now as a result of a constantly improving internet connection as well as telecoms tools that allows easier access and faster communication. With industries debating about gains and losses, and several studies tipping the scale in favor of remote work, some companies are still reluctant to offer the option.
What does remote work offer?
There are many aspects of remote work that can benefit not only the remote employees but also their organisation:
Productivity – a number of studies show a link between remote work and higher productivity. Surveyed remote employees agreed that they feel less distracted when working at home as well as accomplishing more in less time(TimeDoctor).
Cost Effective – overhead expenses are 70-85% people related. When hiring more remote workers organisations are able to cut back on corporate perks lowering overhead expenses. Additionally, having more remote workers require less office space and rent savings.
Expanded Talent Pool – when trying to build an organization that offers cutting edge products/services, leaders almost completely depend on their workforce qualification. Offering remote work globally expands talent pool as companies are not restricted to the professional selection in their area and are able to hire talents from around the globe.
Nevertheless organisations are still doubting if these benefits are worth the risk of experiencing communication struggles, lack of relationship and culture between co workers and most importantly security concerns as important and confidential data is being shared via employees’ unsecured private internet connections.
Tools that make remote work - work
VOIP Remote Work Tools – Voice-Over-IP is a software that allows voice calls over the internet. These tools enables remote teams to work collaboratively from the same system when an email or instant messaging isn’t enough.
VPN (Virtual Private Network) – one of the biggest concerns for organisations is data safety and working remotely can expose important data to leakage possibilities. a VPN is designed to protect an internal network or system when outsiders have access to it. This means that when you access your work system from a different location, it protects and secures the connection.
Virtualized Desktops or Desktop as a Service Tools – DaaS platforms allows remote workers access their work computers from a remote location and have a full access of data and applications. These platforms also are a more secure way to work remotely as all the data that is downloaded gets stored on the on-site computer.
Remote Management and Storage Apps – remote storage apps is what really began remote work conversation as it made it possible to store all work and data in the cloud enabling workers to jump between devices and locations without experiencing any access limitations. It also allows teams to communicate via a single channel thus increasing communication speed and productivity.
Collaboration Tools – collaboration tools are a great way for remote employees to stay connected. Tools such as video conferencing, screen sharing, file sharing , instant messaging etc. help to keep remote workers in the loop with the rest of the team. 87% (Allied, 2017) of remote employees reported feeling more connected to their co workers through the use of video conferencing.