The concept of remote working is transitioning from an experiment to a much broader approach, with many aspects to consider and, as the pandemic…
The concept of remote working is transitioning from an experiment to a much broader approach, with many aspects to consider and, as the pandemic context had underlined, with many more to improve. The future of work, now we clearly can see, is remote. But what is the future of remote work?
A short history of remote work
Remote work was put in practice for the first time around the 1970s as a response to the rising prices of gasoline. The new working from home possibilities enabled people to reduce commuting time and the amount of money spent on gasoline for being able to reach their workplace.
The internet, email, and video telephony skyrocketed at the beginning of the 2000s the considerations for adopting remote work, with more and more IT companies starting to choose this approach back then. However, remote work remained for many more years a preference of millennials mainly, and being possible just for certain domains.
Many studies have started to underline the benefits of remote work, both for employees and companies too. In 2015, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research demonstrated in one of their studies that work from home policies were increasing productivity by 13%. Slowly work from a specific location, at a specific time, started to be considered an outdated work tradition, which is ignoring all the technological evolution of the last decade and is detrimental for both people and companies too.
People first, geography second
Remote work is reshaping the way we relate to the idea of work. It is not anymore just about working from home or working from anywhere, but more and more about working for any company no matter where they are located. This approach opens the door to many new opportunities and ways in which top global talent could cooperate on certain projects. For example, if you are a creative agency in Vilnius, Lituania, now you can reach out to designers in London, UK, without the need for them to relocate or for you to cover enormous costs with this process.
The future of work is more and more about people first, geography second. Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams – are just a few of the technological tools which enable us to connect almost from anywhere in the world to anyone in the world. However, this comes also with many challenges that must be addressed in the near future. The reliability and security of these platforms, as well the need for wider implementation of the 5g technology in order to ensure a faster and stronger connection, are on the front of the process of improving the conditions for remote work. At a policy level, states will need to take into account policies that specifically address the challenges of the remote work context: giving legal space for workers to disconnect and to be heard collectively even if they are not located in a certain office.
The future of remote work: teleporting work
Technological innovations will continue certainly to revolutionize the idea of remote work, enabling people and companies to take advantage of increased flexibility.
Telero is doing its part in this process of innovation by introducing the idea of teleporting work instead of just remote work. By allowing people to control robots overseas, Telero will enable its users to search for jobs far away from their local area, but without the need to migrate, leaving behind their families. In the meantime, companies and small enterprises will be able to look for candidates focusing on what skills and assets their current project needs, stepping away from geographical constraints.
The concept of teleporting will allow companies to retain talent, without being tight to geographical borders. For employees, this will bring better working and living conditions, as people will be able to pursue their dream careers while being at home with their families.