Thousands of people working from home now may not go back to an office building. It is hard to predict the course of the rapidly changing scene, but many employers and managers are considering remote work as a mainstay option – one that has approached faster than the speed of imagination.
Many major employers and CEOs, including Mondelez, Nationwide and Barclays, are considering a permanent shift to work from home and reduced office space. India’s largest Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have announced a new 25/25 secure borderless workspaces (SBWS) model that estimates that that by 2025, only 25% of its workforce will need to work from actual offices. In the same vein, according to a new survey from research firm Gartner, about 74 percent of 317 CFOs and business finance leaders in the US expect some of their workforce to become permanent work-from-home employees after the pandemic ends. Nearly a quarter of respondents were considering moving at least 20 percent of their on-site employees to permanent remote positions.
Even prior to the outbreak of the global COVID-19 crisis, remote working was a common phenomenon triggered by the rise of the gig economy and the work preferences of millennials. The freelancer economy and a growing number of Gen-Z in the workforce was a precursor to the ‘new normal’ of working from home.
In the coming months and years, enterprises will have to make fundamental changes in terms of mindset and strategies when it comes to technologies and expertise that helps in crafting compelling digital experiences for all stakeholders. However, there is a lot of work to do to prepare for an expanded permanent work-from-home workforce. A few parameters to take into consideration are: