With more and more people getting vaccinated – 37% of the world population is no joke, – restrictions are lifting, yet we exist in a strange remote work limbo. Some offices are open three days a week while others are back to normal, and some are fully remote.
Although there is hope and an expectation that businesses will return to their pre-pandemic operations, this will perhaps not happen soon enough.
While many jobs cannot be remote – hotel management, care-taking, delivery, home repair and airport management, to name a few, there are just as many jobs that benefit from a remote or hybrid work model that profit employer and employee – jobs in digital, e-commerce, engineering, education, entertainment, and more.
With remote work, small and midsize businesses can be productive in the new normal, sometimes even more so than before the pandemic. This mutual benefit is not something that one lets go of easily.
1. Hire from abroad, spend less.
Renting an office, arranging for the equipment, then looking for talent in your area… Should I continue? Sometimes it’s cheaper to hire a guy from another continent, sitting in his flat, with his own computer and all the skills you need.
2. Work from home, earn more.
For many, remote work can be the only way to cross above the average salary. With long-term remote-work environments encouraged by the market, people from developing countries and isolated areas have a better chance at higher income.
3. Make time management easy for everyone involved.
As absurd as it sounds, managing activities remotely is often more effective than doing it in person. Sharing to-do lists you know your co-workers can see has done wonders to the general productivity.
4. Use time zones to your advantage.
International companies can effectively work 24/7 by recruiting based on the location of the employee. Of course, customer service is the most obvious winner in this respect.
5. Capitalize on the change in public perception.
The pandemic normalized reaching out to professionals from across the globe. For service providers, it’s a great opportunity to expand the client base. For consumers, it means more options.
6. The structure is already in place.
Covid-19 forced businesses into adopting new tools, so by now, they are commonplace. You need zero extra effort to invite a remote worker to the team.
Of course, this dynamic can and will be used by the less scrupulous employers to demand more. While the loopholes should be addressed and dealt with, they are the inevitable growing pains on the path to a more diverse market.
To sum up, with remote work recognized as a helpful tool, it’s unlikely employers will discard the opportunities it presents, even long after the Covid-19 restrictions are gone.
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