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Working remotely: The meteoric rise of the digital team

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The modern workplace is nothing like what we expected a few decades ago. Most employees nowadays increasingly rely on technology to carry out their everyday tasks – and it seems that technological developments like cloud computing will play an even more crucial role in transforming our professional lives by allowing us to work remotely.

Remote working taps into the potential of digital economy

Working remotely is an excellent way for companies to harness the benefits of a digital economy. In an era when more than 4.1 billion of the world’s population is online, which corresponds to 54%, with internet penetration reaching over 85% in Europe and a staggering 95% in North America, it is not hard to imagine using the web to work from home. A wide array of specialized web apps has been developed, including time tracking apps like Hours and Teamweek, project management tools like Trello and Basecamp, and teamwork apps like Hive and the incredibly popular Slack, which allows real-time chat within a team. These apps enable professionals to liaise with colleagues and clients even when conducting work off-premises.

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The rise of smartphones and their increased popularity with young professionals are also a vital part of the remote working trend. Millennials are entering the workplace and they are very familiar with doing things on their mobile devices – from conducting business with apps like Expensify and Hubspot to entertainment applications like Netflix and games that come in mobile versions like Buzz Bingo or Fortnite, almost everything can now be done on a smartphone or tablet. Mobile devices are also very popular because they have the added benefit of allowing users to work from anywhere and on the go, turning those long commuting hours into productive time. The mobile market is showing no sign of decline; to the contrary, it is on course to become an integral part of remote working.

Working remotely can increase productivity

Many major companies are already implementing remote working solutions. According to Glassdoor, industry leaders like computer technology companies Dell and Apple, and online retail giant Amazon, all allow some of their employees to work from home. For employers, allowing remote working means that they can cut back on costs related to the workplace – like renting space or investing in office supplies. Employees on the other hand profit from the flexibility that comes from working from home and the apparent benefits that the solution entails for their work-life balance.

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In fact, it seems that remote working can increase productivity. Professionals working from afar have evaluated their productivity at 7.7 points in a 10-point scale, while people working in an open-plan office has stated that they feel their productivity is at 6.5 points out of 10. A 2017 survey found that 58% of workers have said that remote working would increase their motivation for work, while 82% of respondents to another study have stated that flexibility in working arrangements would make them more loyal to their company. And it seems that the trend is here to stay: already 70% of professionals work from home at least once a week, while more than 50% work remotely for half of the working week or more.

Considering your options about remote working within your company can lead to identifying ways to keep your employees happy while cutting back on expenses – a win-win situation for all sides.

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