Near the beginning of 2020 the largest ever remote work experiment spread throughout the world. Knowledge job sectors such as tech, finance and media began adapting to a work home environment. What was expected to be short term, is now here for the long hall.
Regardless of how things persist and limp back to normalcy, we are heading into a “new normalcy” where face-to-face meetings will be used less, and digital interaction utilized more. Traveling to meet someone in person, will have less weight to it because it may “wastes time.” Virtual platforms are going to become more prevalent and could be a new standard.
But it’s not all peachy. There are concerns creativity may faulture with lack of in person connection. So companies will need to be adaptable to find solutions. Even with that warning, companies are preparing for this future.
Where are the signs?
Top big tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter have opened themselves to allow workers to be remote for the entirety of the pandemic. They have also expressed this will continue for a portion of their workforce after.
According to a recent survey from Harvard Business School, one in six workers are projected to continue working from home or co-working at least two days a week. Another survey from the freelancing platform Upwork shows even more extreme stats, with one out of five could entirely be working remotely after the pandemic. Shows some employees still want such job flexibility in the future.
But will the companies listen?
Ivan, CEO of CryptoTask, explains how this will be helpful for companies.
“I see companies taking advantage of remote workers after COVID. It helps to decrease costs with real estate as you cater to less people. Hiring remote workers also helps them tap into a much larger talent pool. I see platforms catering to these new remote recruiting pools. This is a good indicator that there are opportunities in the remote sector.”
The high paid, high cost of living in the urban areas is also being rethinked. On average city apartments have less room than it’s suburb housing layout, including a more expensive cost of living. People living in the urban cities do so because of their proximity to work. But with this no longer mattering, living outside of these city hot zones becomes increasingly more attractive.
Commuting in post COVID has become less abundant, as mentioned in our previous article, What used to be an average of 1 hour commuting time in a work day, is now spent with either family, friends, leisure or additional work. The extra hour is huge for workers’ work life integration.
It’s not all Green pastures however
There is worry less face to face public interaction could result in the lack of creativity on the companies parts. The “cooler effect” which involves running into colleagues that spur informal interactions, may be limited. Studies show this interaction creates a happier work space, which can bring more creativity.
In other words, when employees take the time to chat and bond, they become happier, and happier employees get more done.
“That’s why there will be a need for digital spaces online where people can interact informally, unmonitored areas so employees can use extra time for bonding that normally would be for breaks at the office. Digital remote hiring and communication spaces are taking note.” Stated Ivan.
Catering to the remote sector has some amazing possibilities due to the increasing need for solving such problems. Here at CryptoTask we are integrating ourselves to support hiring and communication between businesses and their remote workers.
What is CryptoTask?
CT is a decentralized freelance market ecosystem skipping 3rd party fees by directly connecting hirees and applicants peer to peer. CT uses a commercially scalable consensus mechanism with a reviewer board selection built into the blockchain. This means job disputes are resolved much faster and cheaper, while your reputation is stored on blockchain technology and there is no arbitrary censorship or hidden tampering, such as hidden boosting, something that centralised platforms are infamous for.