Remote working has always been looked down upon. Especially in corporate structures, as remote working is often synonymous with slacking off and not meeting your ‘target’.
This all shifted the minute the world shut down in 2020. The abrupt closure of offices made for hasty remote working policies, a lot of talk about baking bread and now, a year into the pandemic and many zoom calls gone wrong, most have found their rhythm working from home.
Sure, not everyone has a job which allows them to work from home. But those who have been are now faced with an interesting question. Would they want to go back to their office once it’s safe to do so?
The reaction has been mixed. According to a research led by Pew Research Centre, around 46% of people who started working from home in the Pandemic found it appealing. Most of them appreciate the flexibility working from home gives them. However, 65% of the workers also feel more disconnected from their team since working remotely became the norm.
While companies are still figuring out the best way to move forward, Twitter has already announced that most people in the company will now be given the option to work remotely. This announcement came in May 2020, shortly after lockdown was announced.
Twitter has been working towards moving into remote working full time since 2018. Way before the pandemic, the company had been experimenting with ways to tackle remote working by testing out virtual meetings, creating sign language systems and policies for behaviour on video calls.
The company now expects at least half of its workforce will want to work from home permanently. Maybe they were onto something since 2018 which the other companies missed.
Ruben Teijeiro, Co- founder and Chief Technical Officer of Youpal Group, says: ‘Covid proved that the companies that were hesitant to transition to remote work were wrong. Today all companies are forced to work remotely and they realised that their performance was not altered, on the other hand, it has improved.’
Another sign which indicates that working from home might become a regular phenomenon is that many companies are hiring ‘virtual work experience executives’ who will be responsible for the broad logistics of working from home.
Another survey, conducted by Enterprise Technology Research, states that the percentage of workers working permanently from home will double in 2021. Realistically, for now, it seems like a more hybrid working pattern might emerge. Working from an office might become the option, while remote working from home will continue to be the mainstream practice.