Remote work is common

4.3 million people currently work from home in the United States at least half of the time, and this figure has grown by 150% in the last 13 years.  

Remote workers tend to have higher engagement rates and higher productivity levels. Once they switch to remote work, they rarely want to become office bound again.

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  • Team collaboration tools combine the virtual office and water cooler, as the team can touch base with other employees working across the globe.
  • Project management tools create a digital to-do list that keeps everyone on the team in the know.
  • Virtual conference calls ensure "face-to-face" collaborations.

Just after WW2, there was a rise in corporate headquarters and larger office spaces and cubicles. During this time, the 8-hour workday was established.

Then came the advancements in computers and technology that lead to remote workers of today. The internet and public WiFi allowed employees to do everything they would in their cubicle, but outside the office. They can also work all hours of the day.

Before the Industrial revolution, everyone worked out of their home and sold their goods from there. With the Industrial Revolution came the need for automation and factories, and employees had to commute to a factory to complete their work.

48% of companies are currently using freelancers. Many are seeing positive results. Remote workers are more productive and accomplish more in less time.

With a growing suite of tools, remote work life is better for both employees and employers.

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Why some companies fail at remote work

Companies that fail at remote work focus too much on technology and too little on the process. Successful remote work is based on clear processes that support three core principles.

  • Communication: The ability to exchange information.
  • Coordination: The ability to work toward a common goal.
  • Culture: A shared set of customs that foster trust and engagement.

Why Remote Work Thrives in Some Companies and Fails in Others

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The challenges of hybrid teams

Most companies embracing remote work also have dedicated headquarters. But remote-ish teams have even more communication and collaboration challenges than fully remote teams.

For example, in hybrid teams, remote employees are often left in the dark. Office workers are often heard, recognized, and promoted, while remote workers are forgotten.

How to be Remote-First When You Still Have an Office

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How Remote Work Became Possible
  • Computers and the internet have made remote work a common arrangement, and this is a recent phenomenon. PC and internet access changed the shape of work in an unimaginable way, and the technical advances of the 90s, which was the Information Technology revolution, offices started using networked PCs and embraced e-mail.
  • As the millennium happened, broadband access became cheaper, and a cheap audio communication software was released in 2003, which was called Skype, which evolved into video conferencing later, helping people connect professionally in a remote setting.

Why Remote Work Is So Hard—and How It Can Be Fixed

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