Many will look back at 2020 and the pandemic that gripped the world for all of the big changes were put in place across many aspects of our everyday. The biggest change that has come for many of us however has been the shift to remote working, and for many this could certainly be a more permanent change as many workplaces are set to make the change more accessible for a wider number of people – but is the change supported, and what else could change with the world of remote work?
For the most part, the change has been largely accepted by many who have made the change as some surveys suggest that up to 60% of those who have made the full-time adjustment to remote working would like to continue doing so once lockdown measures come to an end – the most sought-after change from this has come from the increased flexibility that is offered to workers who have made the adjustment. The idea of remote working isn’t exactly a new concept however as there are many who had made the adjustment before leading to the rise of the digital nomad, many guides for the digital nomad life style such as these have become much more relevant as those making the change now may want to benefit from the ability to travel and work from new areas of comfort without the restriction of the typical working office stopping them from doing so, and with certain countries encouraging remote workers to travel and try the digital nomad lifestyle.
There have also been talks from some that the shift to remote working may also encourage another change as attempts to shift to a four day working week are starting to form – there is a trial run happening in New Zealand to see if this is a viable change, and research has suggested that the majority of business can afford this change – whilst it may be something many feel isn’t possible or viable, the same was also true for widespread remote working before the coronavirus pandemic and as such the opportunity for this change to happen is certainly looking more possible. Whether or not the two will remain hand in hand moving forward is yet to be seen, but it could spell the big change for the work and home life balance dramatically.
With early signs pointing towards further lockdowns and further remote requirements well in to 2021, this year certainly won’t see any big change from the last, with expectations that mass vaccination may be in place by late Autumn or early Winter there’s still a long time to go to reap the benefits and for an appeal for a permanent change, for those not enjoying the remote working lifestyle opportunities to return to the office may appear shortly, but you may also have to put up with remote working more permanently too as business begin to scale back brick and mortar for good.