There are lots of interesting tendencies, but the most expressive one is revealed through the question of whether businesses plan to keep remote schedules. In 2021, only 46% gave positive answers, with 38% unsure. But this year, the situation has changed: 72% claim that their companies will allow remote hours (and only 19% are not sure about that).Benefits
- Employees call fewer sick leaves (it decreases by 56% according to a report by Indeed)
- Loyalty and retention increase
- Specialists are 13% more productive
- Companies save money on renting offices, buying equipment, etc. An average workstation costs about $15 000 per year according to a workplace consultant Abintra
- Employers can hire from anywhere in the world and create multinational teams
Digital transformation doesn’t come easy to every company. And the major problem here is cybersecurity. Such spheres as Forex, Banking, etc. work with valuable personal data. They invest a lot of money to make sure that information doesn't fall into the wrong hands: they store data on their own servers. Normally, access to them is only possible when you’re physically there.
But when the team is distributed and online-based, it’s easier to catch the signal and steal data. Most companies that are sensitive to security even stopped working for a couple of months when the coronavirus outbreak only started. Some key employees continued to visit the office, while others remained at home. But when it became obvious that the danger was there to stay for long, they had to adapt. For them, digital transformation is super expensive and bears lots of risks.
Another challenge is connected with asynchronous problems and time zones. The pool of candidates becomes wider when operating remotely, but the work doesn’t happen at the same time for everyone. Sometimes, businesses have to search for talents only in certain areas and set fixed working frames, which is not convenient for everyone. However, not all companies take it as a problem.