Remote Companies Creating a New Class Structure
May 24, 2021
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by Snigdh Baunthiyal

Remote companies have become more popular during the pandemic

Work from home has become the new normal. While many have hailed this new way of working, with companies like Twitter even announcing their employees can work from home permanently, a new study done in the United Kingdom has a different point to make. According to the study, remote companies’ workers didn’t do as well as their counterparts who worked out of the office. Some of the study’s findings are:

•38% remote workers didn’t receive a bonus.

•Workers for remote companies put in more hours of unpaid overtime, close to 6 hours.

•Remote workers were less likely to be promoted.

With such large gaps between remote workers and non-remote workers in key areas, companies need to work towards creating such a structure for employees where their professional achievements are judged on the basis of their work and not their status as a remote worker or non-remote worker.

Since the pandemic, there has been a lot of conversation around remote companies and remote working. The digital revolution, internet accessibility has made it possible to do most jobs from a place where is electricity and a decent internet connection.

But with employers still leaning towards rewarding those who choose to work from the office, companies need to come up with a modern approach towards measuring an employee’s performance.

It’s not that just these different classes of workers which are emerging, there are also concerns over the protection of remote workers’ data. In the United Kingdom, two thirds of IT leaders say that their remote working colleagues don’t have the skills or technological support to keep corporate data safe.  

The number has grown from half to two-thirds since 2019. Security gaps made because of the way the pandemic forced many companies to apply a remote working system need to be adequately addressed.

Remote companies now a remote dream?
This is clearly not just a trend. The conversation around work culture, compensation, and working hours is changing. Working remotely is the hot new topic, but unless there’s some sort of protection for their workers, organisations and companies may find themselves at the losing end.

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