Remote Working Trends 2020: The Future is Flexible
With the help of monday.com we explore some key trends in the outlook for remote work
Remote working is truly coming of age as we prepare to enter the third decade of this millennium, and as it matures some important trends and themes are developing. Collaboration platforms like monday.com are responding to these changing needs by providing the tools that organisations want for their workforce of tomorrow.
Remote working becomes the strategy
Less time commuting, feeling trusted, being more productive, and having more control over work-life balance… the data is in, remote work is the present and future for more and more people, and a win-win for enterprise and personnel alike. But this means that rather than coming only from individuals exercising their rights and petitioning for more flexibility, increasingly distributed /remote /office-optional working is being implemented from the top – and offered or suggested to more and more people in varied roles.
This means that organisations have got to provide a digital work environment which is absolutely straightforward to use, tools which are intuitive and fun to plug straight into, even for those who don’t regard themselves as ‘technical people’. Complexity is out; gamification, integration and personalisation are in.
The workflow becomes visible and engaging
When we collaborate remotely, we need to be able to get clarity about the work we’re doing.
We need to see how our own actions commitments feed into the work of others, who is busy with what, where different projects are at – and yet more so if we’re in a management role, needing oversight of workloads, resource allocation, and potential bottlenecks.
Tools like monday.com provide a flexible, fluid and fun way to provide visibility, without introducing heavyweight project management tools. To see progress, activities and priorities, in a colourful and elegant way, which enables deeper connection and collaboration within groups through a single interface. And without constraining users into classical definitions of what a project is, or a milestone… Today’s work demands a more intuitive way of feeling the flow and pulse of the things we do together to get stuff done, to drive productivity and work satisfaction.
Collaboration is becoming frictionless
Tools which are a hassle to update, require going into specialist applications, or learning complex new software, will never lend themselves to effective collaboration in real time. The knowledge-workers of today have enough to do, just doing the work – and don’t need the hassle of reporting on it elsewhere and updating their colleagues in yet another place.
Integrated dashboards like monday.com keep the collaboration focused and centralised on a single timeline, so everyone can see the status of every project, and updates happen when they happen. Not like those 20th-century days of imaginatively reconstructing timesheets for HR at the end of the week when you got the email nudge…
Omni-channel is not just for customers
The remote workforce of 2020 will be connecting, communicating, and collaborating from any device, anywhere in the world.
So their collaboration tools need to be universal – fast syncing, secure and compliant, platform and device agnostic, and beautifully designed to work as a native web app, making it easy to manage and update whenever, wherever, and however the work is getting done.
Scaling is getting faster
Unlike the constraints of expansion in the colocated world, remote organisations can grow flexibly and responsively. Software-as-a-service means it’s as easy as creating new accounts for each new user, but the tools themselves need to scale too. Choosing a collaboration platform like monday.com means that your team can grow as the work grows, and you don’t need to migrate to different tools designed for enterprise.
monday.com has you covered, from SME to global.