Remote Workplace Trends of 2021

This past year has seen a lot of changes. While every area of our existence changed dramatically, the professional world also changed dramatically. One of these emerging trends is remote work. According to a recent Upwork survey, 26.7 percent of Americans will be working remotely in 2021. This is a considerable improvement over 2018 when only 7% of civilian employees in the United States had the option of working from home.

What we witnessed here was the world of work permanently altering. Last year, there were a lot of changes. We’ve progressed past the era of 9-5 workplace hours. We adopted a flexible digital-first work culture. We have identified a few major trends that will have an impact on remote work in 2021 and beyond. The following are some of them:

Consideration For Non-Work Commitments 

One of the biggest consequences of the pandemic was the loss of control over people’s work-life balance. According to a recent Kentik survey (registration required), 51% of employees are concerned about their work-life balance. Employers must recognize these truths and establish clear rules and guidelines for avoiding calls after hours or demands that require rapid attention. As people settle into their remote job responsibilities in 2021, I anticipate seeing app restrictions and end-of-day emails becoming more widespread.

Physical Office Space Soon To Be A Thing Of The Past

The requirement for large physical office premises will be obsolete shortly. Companies with no headquarters or organizational offices will become a reality. Many businesses will devise a strategy that includes designated days for meetings and collaboration, as well as days for remote work.

Fluid Performance Management Model To Revamp Previous Assessment Methods

Performance management has altered dramatically as a result of remote working. Companies are increasingly emphasizing on the quality of work performed rather than the number of hours worked. Only 24% of firms (registration needed) teach their managers how to support remote teams today, and this number is expected to rise as performance standards shift. As a result, many businesses are adopting a fluid performance management model in which reviews are conducted regularly rather than once a year.

Increased Demand For Upskilling

The epidemic has increased skills gaps, and the rise in work automation has fueled the need for retraining and skill-upping. According to a new Gartner survey, only 16% of new employees employed today have the necessary abilities for the position. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, cybersecurity, healthcare, IT, and UX design, in my opinion, will be the most in-demand skills in 2021.

In 2020, remote working crossed a tipping point, and it is now the norm all around the world. Despite all of the negative press around the pandemic, I’ve found that this challenging transition has been met with enthusiasm, and many companies and technologies can assist organizations in making the transition.