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Is working from home changing modern business?

Learn how to get the most out of your tools to smooth your business’ shift to new working models.
Is working from home changing modern business?

The wider impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be visible across all aspects of our lives: from the how and where we work, to the way we communicate and interact. As millions of people around the world were forced into lockdown, both small and big businesses from every sector had no other choice but to adapt and to ensure the safety of their employees while continuing to remain operational. Social distancing guidelines meant that work from home (WFH) took a whole new dimension and, considering the many benefits this new approach to work has yielded, it would be accurate to say that remote working is here to stay in some shape or form.

According to a report carried by The Economist, ‘Reshaping Productivity, A changed workplace after COVID-19,’ conducted in May 2021 and supported by Kyocera, 66.7% of respondents believe that remote work is likely to continue beyond the pandemic.

New business opportunities, new challenges

New business opportunities, new challenges

For many employees, remote work has become the new norm. Irrespective of the role, the investigation undertaken by The Economist reveals that there is a decreasing expectation for workers to always be at the office. But this new way of working, that many are now accustomed to, has not come without its own set of obstacles for both the employee and employer.

Businesses had to ensure business continuity amidst the multiple operational challenges that they had to resolve. The pandemic obliged businesses to dramatically shift their ways of working almost overnight, while playing their part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 and sustaining productivity levels.

Within a short period of time, many companies had to scramble to get their IT infrastructure ready for their employees, providing them with reliable equipment and ensuring they have a stable internet connection at home for a successful WFH experience.

Unsurprisingly, communication was and continues to be paramount when working remotely. With physical interactions and meetings suddenly restricted, companies had to find new ways of communicating effectively. Video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams became essential tools to share information, collaborate with colleagues and stay in touch.

Digital tools and training

As identified in the report, technology played an instrumental role in allowing work to continue uninterrupted through the pandemic. Among those who believe productivity decreased with staff working from home, almost four in ten attribute the decline to their employees not having access to tools for information management.

Therefore, increasing the uptake of digital tools and providing the adequate training continues to be crucial to fully support employees and ensure a seamless remote experience.

Working from home also meant that many were faced with personal challenges with regards their own private or family situations. Parents were tasked with juggling work with taking care of children who needed their own space for studying or playing. Cramped or makeshift workspaces was another issue that some employees had to overcome. The traditional 9-5 workday did not fit with many people’s reality – flexibility became key. Many companies began to offer work arrangements that suited the personal needs of their employees, such as alternative start and end times.

The future of remote working

The future of remote working

With constant changes happening, many organizations are still coming to grips with new ways of operating and are slowly coming to terms with this new and constantly evolving work model. Uncertainty will continue to be a key part of the business world and companies must continue to invest into the necessary digital infrastructure and training, so that their employees can make the most of their expertise.

Hence, it is no surprise that one of the top priorities for HR is redesigning their processes to adjust to a more remote or blended office work model according to the research gathered in the report.

Future work models are still unclear. But what is certain is that organizations must embrace flexibility and prepare for a hybrid model of working if they want to compete in the future world of work. To prosper, they must transform the challenges of the shifting workplace trends into opportunities for growth.

Delve deeper!

Discover more about productivity and trends!

  • The Reshaping Productivity Report

    To learn about the latest trends and the factors that impact our performance, check out Kyocera’s exclusive report with The Economist!

  • Get the most out of your workforce

    It’s essential to understand Hybrid working models to help improve your team’s performance and morale wherever they work.

  • Find the balance between the office and your home

    One key aspect allowed companies to achieve success; find out what it is and plan a brighter future for your business today.

  • What makes remote working more productive?

    The blog details how businesses achieved success during the COVID-19 pandemic and to what extent working models affected productivity.

  • Why investing in technology improves performance

    While some firms struggled, others demonstrate how investing in the right technology can correlate to a more productive and successful team.

  • Putting our values at the heart of the workplace

    Kyocera philosophy helped us adapt to remote work and future-proof our organization for a new era of hybrid workforces.

Download the ‘Reshaping Productivity’ here!

The Economist report, supported by Kyocera, discovers the influence of remote work on productivity.

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