Unexpected Trends from the Trenches about Remote Working

The editors at LinkedIn recently asked their members to report on the trends they have observed about working remotely during the pandemic.

Here are some of the developments the respondents pointed out. Please note that we are not using their names in this post, because of privacy concerns. But here is a summary of what they had to say . . .

  • Companies have failed to train managers to supervise remote employees.

  • Because Gen Z and younger employees still need to be integrated into company operations and and culture, it might work best to have them work non-remotely two days a week.

  • Employers will need to envision and plan a new kind of hybrid workplace where some functions can be handled remotely, and others not.

  • Employers seem to fail to consider what kind of families their employees are part of. Some employees have children, some do not, some live in households with a number of other young people, some take care of older parents, etc. When many companies make return-to-work and other plans, they are are not asking enough questions about employees’ home lives.

  • Many employees’ productivity has increased measurably during the period of working from home.

  • More companies are making their employees’ health the top concern, more than older priorities like productivity.

  • Remote work has empowered employees to be better, more resourceful parents and family members.

  • Some companies have created multifunctional task forces, made up of integrated HR, tech, and other functions, to manage their remote workforces in a new way.

  • Some company leaders are still not comfortable or on-board with the concept of remote work. They think they are still in a period when they are waiting for everyone to return to working in-house.

  • People feel lonely and isolated. The current climate of remote work has created a pent-up demand for social interactions and face-to-face contact.

  • The pandemic has been the biggest driver of digital change in history, and it will continue to be so in the future.

  • The pandemic has caused more companies to adopt, learn and integrate MS Teams, Zoom and and other collaborative programs they were not using before.

And What Trends Do You See?

When this much change is happening this quickly, it is sometimes possible to lose sight of the big picture. So . . . what do you see? We hope you will take a moment to let us know.

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