Will remote workers change your life forever?
Prior to the pandemic, only 6% of employees primarily worked remotely. Now, it’s expected that 25% of professional workers will work remotely by the end of 2023. Security is a big concern – take a look at the recent LastPass breach was caused by the bad actors targeting a remote worker! With such a fundamental change to the workplace, let’s take a look at some important remote work trends for 2023-2025.
- Compromise in the workplace – Once many workers got used to the lifestyle change of working remote many did not want to come back into the office, at least on a full time basis. While many desire to work remotely on a full time basis, they are willing to move to a hybrid where they are working remotely part of the time.
- Focus on employee well-being – With the lack of skilled workers in the marketplace many businesses are staying focused on their employees well-being. This topic is one of six core themes for HR groups this year. The remote worker MUST do some face time in order to maintain the balance of work/life.
- Freelance platforms are increasing – Since remote work has become very effective for many, we are seeing many remote workers also go into a freelance mode. Back in 2014, there were roughly 190 freelance platform companies with an investment of approximately $600 million. That number quickly grew to more than 330 companies. Investment in this space has now reached over $1.9 billion. This represents a 75% growth in the number of freelance companies since 2014.
- Bossware – the new normal – many companies are now relying on bossware to monitor their remote employees for effectiveness. With employees working out of sight, some company leaders are turning to technology to keep an eye on employee productivity and efficiency. After a boom in employee monitoring software during the pandemic, this type of tech has become known as “bossware”.
- Cybersecurity – this is one of the biggest topics in IT today and when the pandemic hit, many companies were not ready to handle the remote worker security issues. This created an environment where the remote worker was extremely vulnerable to a cyber attack.
- Company Culture – In a 2021 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Omnibus Survey, more than 66% of CEOs said that maintaining culture was one of the biggest talent management challenges to address when working with remote employees.
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