Millions of people have been working remotely since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s plenty of evidence that will continue not just through the fall and winter. Many experts say remote work is the wave of the future.
Massive numbers of remote workforces have arrived. Remote work brings with it plenty of problems, but there are some very good ways to solve them.
First we’ll take a look at how widespread remote work will become. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan puts it this way: “Organizations are shifting from addressing their immediate business continuity needs to supporting a future of working anywhere, learning anywhere.” That’s why the video conferencing company is booming.
A recent survey by the nonprofit public policy group Massachusetts Competitive Partnership found that only 39 percent of workers reported they expect to return to work by January, 2021. That’s not just the case in Massachusetts. Facebook will let its employees work in their home offices until July, 2021. And the company is working towards allowing many people to work from home full time, even beyond the pandemic.
Many other companies, including Twitter, Square and Box, are doing the same thing. Box CEO Aaron Levie wrote on Twitter, “The push happening around remote work is as game-changing for the future of tech as the launch of the iPhone.”
It’s not just tech companies that recognize that. A National Bureau of Economic Research paper found that more than 35% of companies believe that much of the switch to remote working will be permanent. The same survey found that half “50 percent of firms have more than one-fifth of their employees working remotely.”
And Ken Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics says “Our best estimate is that 25-30% of the workforce will be working-from-home multiple days a week by the end of 2021.”
How to Boost Productivity for Remote Workers
Remote work comes with problems, however. It can be hard for office workers to stay productive at home. It’s particularly difficult if they can’t user their normal office-focused processes or get at data housed on their office networks. But with technology tying office processes and data to remote workers, productivity can be boosted dramatically. Proper project management tools can be highly useful for your employees and enable them to work more productively.
Alpha Software is ideal for that. It can bring legacy databases to new users. Alpha Anywhere can rapidly move Microsoft Access applications to the web and mobile devices. With it, there are thousands of databases that remote workers can access. For companies with small groups of people working remotely, Alpha can help level the playing field.
It’s not just small companies that can use Alpha software. Companies of all sizes can use it to build mobile apps, web apps and forms for remote work. Alpha Software’s platform allows you to quickly build and deploy mobile and web applications. These highly secure applications run like native applications on both personal computers and mobile devices. They’re ideal for remote work.
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