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As the pandemic entered its second year in 2021, many companies and employees started to question the future of remote work. Some companies clung to haphazard work-from-home measures from 2020, limping along under the assumption that, surely, the pandemic wouldn’t go on much longer. Others embraced change, scaling down brick-and-mortar offices and expanding talent pools beyond previous geographical limitations.
What does 2022 hold?
Here’s a look back at how some of the assumptions and theories around remote work could transform the workforce in 2022—and how you can stay on top of the trend for the future of remote work.
Why People Are Fighting to Stay Remote (besides the Obvious)
Many of us have grown fond of working from home for reasons other than staying safe. And while it may be tempting to transition your team back to working in the office as soon as possible—especially when getting pressure from higher-ups—it’s important to talk to your team about their needs.
The truth is, there are lots of reasons your team may be more comfortable (and productive) with a remote or hybrid work schedule. Some of your people could be struggling with long commutes or the mental stress of being excluded. Others might want to take advantage of simultaneous employment opportunities. Whatever the reason, working from home has made some people’s jobs less stressful and more enjoyable.
As a manager, you want to get the most out of your team. So ask them what they need to achieve that.
Remote Work vs. Distributed Workforce
The sudden deluge of data available on remote work productivity in 2021 disproved what many managers had long assumed. It turns out people are just as productive—sometimes more productive—when they are working outside of a traditional office space.
In fact, according to Phil Libin, the real discussion shouldn’t be remote vs. office. Instead, we should be considering a new kind of workforce: a distributed workforce.
“Remote” implies people working from home are the outliers, while “distributed” puts everyone on the same level. Yes, some interactions work better in person, but others can easily be done via video call, email, or even a recorded session. A distributed workforce challenges businesses and employees to prioritize face time (whether in person or on a video call) and to use the right method of communication depending on the situation.
How to Manage Remote Productivity
People can be productive working remotely—we know that now. So with that argument out of the way, there is now the task of making sure everyone in a team is on the same page.
And no, that doesn’t mean endless video meetings.
With the rise of Zoom and other similar services, video calls seemed to be the answer. However, they were quickly overused, and meeting fatigue became widespread.
2021 taught us that it’s important to choose your platforms of communication carefully. Not only how, but how often you get in touch with your team should depend on many factors. It’s essential to know when checking-in becomes a distraction, and when giving team members too much space leaves them feeling abandoned.
Make sure you work out a system to manage your remote staff effectively.
How to Manage Distance
If you’re worried about managing a remote team, it’s probably because of one thing: distance. But physical distance isn’t the only kind of distance you should be thinking about.
As we have all learned, time zones can have a huge impact on your team. A 3pm meeting might work great for you, but could also mean a team member must wake up at the crack of dawn or stay up well past working hours. Managers (and team members) should be mindful of that difference.
But there’s another kind of distance that may have slipped under your radar: social distance. That might include anything from language and cultural barriers to power imbalance. A much less obvious and quantifiable distance than geographical, social distance can bubble under the surface, undetected until it’s suddenly an issue.
Make sure you’re aware of these types of distance and develop countermeasures to keep things running smoothly.
How Remote Work Promotes Creativity
While many of the discussions about remote work usually center around productivity, creativity is often a forgotten benefit.
You can set up all the brainstorming sessions you want, but creativity remains an incredibly individual process for many people. For those people, remote work does more than remove distractions.
Want a more diverse team to bring new points of view? Geography is no longer an obstacle. Need to clear your head? Just go for a walk around the block. Want to discuss a design idea with a co-worker in a different city? No need for a business trip—just give them a quick video call and share your screen.
Managers everywhere are finding unique benefits like these just waiting to be leveraged.
Remote Work Isn’t Going Away
The biggest takeaway from 2021 when it comes to remote work is this: it’s here to stay. Many of us thought the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Christmas 2020. When it wasn’t, we figured surely within the year . . . In other words, we’ve been proven wrong again and again.
But instead of bemoaning the limitations of a (geographically) scattered team, why not focus on all the benefits? What can we do now that was not possible before?
By using the right tools and strategies, managers and employees can make the most of this new working landscape and face 2022 with an open and positive mindset.