THE INDUSTRIAL AGE TOOK US FROM THE FARM TO THE FACTORY. EDUCATION TOOK US FROM THE FACTORY TO THE OFFICE. TECHNOLOGY HAS TAKEN US FROM THE OFFICE TO THE VIRTUAL. 

At this point it is obvious – our work will never be the same. There are so many ways in which it can be different. Right now is the once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine everything about how we do our jobs. It’s time to work differently.

Companies are on the lookout for tools that will keep their remote employees productive and mentally stable. In October 2020, Slack (the software company) performed research of 4,700 knowledge workers to evaluate their experience with working remotely. They found that the majority never want to go back to the old way of working. Only 12% want to return to full-time office work, and 72% want a hybrid remote-office model moving forward.

A KNOWLEDGE WORKER IS ANYONE WHO HOLDS AN OFFICE POSITION AND/OR WORKS WITH DATA, ANALYZES INFORMATION OR THINKS CREATIVELY IN A TYPICAL WORKWEEK.

According to research, executives, middle managers and self-employed find it challenging to find quiet time to work, suitable places to hold meetings, and strategies to keep children and other family members occupied.

For people with and those without children, the top challenges of remote work include feeling overwhelmed by non-work-related things as well as difficulty staying focused and avoiding distractions. Also, many found it challenging to find stable Wi-Fi and maintain working relationships.

Top challenges of working from home

  • Unstable Wi-Fi or internet access
  • Maintaining and building working relationships with colleagues
  • Staying focused and avoiding distractions
  • Feelings of loneliness or isolation
  • Keeping up with what others are working on

Difficulty staying focused and avoiding distractions was reported by 22% of global knowledge workers and was a top concern for both those with and without children.“, (team of Slack, October 7, 2020)

REFERENCES

Moving beyond remote: Workplace transformation in the wake of Covid-19. (2020). Retrieved 30 October 2020, from https://slack.com/intl/en-ca/blog/collaboration/workplace-transformation-in-the-wake-of-covid-19

New Yorkers Are Fleeing to the Suburbs: ‘The Demand Is Insane’. (2020). Retrieved 30 October 2020, from https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/nyregion/nyc-suburbs-housing-demand.html