Remote Future is here
Nobody expected the quarantine to happen. The popularity of remote work continues to grow. Many companies like Google, Facebook, Oracle and Microsoft are going to leave most of their employees remotely even after the coronavirus. And their decisions have a background. Research also shows that remote work can be very rewarding for both employees and the firm.
Here are some world giants that were the first to successfully switch to remote work.
The Japanese electronics giant recently announced that working from home will become the norm for the company from April 2021. Given that Japan is a country known for its demanding work culture, where employees work up to 80 hours a week. lots of people were surprised.,
Hitachi promised to give employees 3,000 yen ($ 28) a month to buy masks and disinfectants. In addition, the company will help with the purchase of furniture and appliances to improve the conditions for remote work.
Hitachi has already developed a system that allows employees to securely access the company's servers outside of the office. Now employees can choose any day to work from home, regardless of the department.
Hitachi's ultimate goal is to organize everything so that 70% of its employees, or about 23,000 people, work remotely two or three days a week.
More than 50% of the company's employees will work remotely even after the pandemic ends. Jason Ward, Managing Director of Dell Technologies, says: “It's no longer 9:00 to 17:00 office work. We encourage all executives and employees to work at a convenient time for them, when their productivity is at their peak. We enable staff to live in such a way that they can maintain a balance between work and personal life."
To keep people engaged and distanced from the company, Dell has developed a resource group called Conexus that supports a collaborative work environment. Participation in a group gives team members the opportunity to share their experiences and success stories, and ask questions.
The company has created a dashboard that helps assess the situation and make the best decisions when returning to the office.
The French company PSA, which produces Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, Vauxhall, has announced a "new era of flexibility." This era means remote work of staff.
“Taking into account the positive experience and effective measures already taken in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, Groupe PSA decided to strengthen remote work and make it a benchmark for activities not directly related to production,” the company said.
Groupe PSA plans to redesign its offices so that it can collaborate in person if necessary. At the same time, the company will reduce its office space. PSA executives said it would make it easier to travel to the office and allow employees to harmonize work-life balance.
In March 2020, the company expanded its IT capabilities, enabling it to develop remote technologies faster.
In the near future, Mastercard does not plan to return employees to the office. In May, company executives said people could work remotely until they were sure the coronavirus was under control: with a vaccine or other measures.
Today, 90% of the company's staff worldwide work remotely, including 500 people from Asian regions. Employees who work in the office are asked by management to comply with social distancing rules, wear masks and undergo temperature screening.
Shopify is an online platform that offers e-commerce and point of sale services. It helps people create and run their own businesses. Shopify CEO Tobias Lutke recently announced the company's plans to go digital by default, saying the "office" days are over.
The company's offices will be closed until 2021, after which most employees will be allowed to work remotely.
The CEO of the company notes that many Shopify sellers already work from home, so if the rest of the employees work in the same way, they can better understand customers and their needs.
Siemens is the largest corporation in the field of industrial electrical engineering and electronics. It plans to make remote work the main form of collaboration during the pandemic and after it: employees will be able to work from home 2-3 days a week, when it suits them.
The decision follows a global survey of staff in which people said they want more flexibility and individuality in deciding where to do their jobs.
Remote work at Siemens is more than just working from home. Employees, after consulting their management, can independently choose the place where they are most productive. It can be not only a home or office, but also a coworking space.
The cryptocurrency exchange company also plans to make remote work permanent. CEO Brian Armstrong announced in May that the company will offer office space to those who would like to work there after the pandemic, but most positions will remain remote.
The management plans to allocate not ten floors of office space in one city, but one office floor in ten cities. It is estimated that 20% to 60% of Coinbase employees will continue to work remotely after the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Twitter executives told employees in May that they could work from home indefinitely. The company has suspended business travel and personal events until the end of 2020.
For employees who want to return to the office, the company will provide a comfortable environment with additional precautions.
Twitter notes that when the offices open, it will not be a return to the previous working model. Offices will gradually open to employees.
Mark Zuckerberg reported that up to 50% of Facebook employees can work remotely over the next 5-10 years. Zuckerberg presented the idea as an attempt to satisfy employee desires and create "wider economic prosperity."
The company has extended remote work until July 2021 and is allocating an employee $ 1,000 for appliances and furniture to set up a home office.
This company has developed applications such as WordPress.com, Longreads, Simplenote, Gravatar, Polldaddy. The company's employees work from anywhere in the world. Their current team consists of 1000 employees located in over 50 countries. They use Slack text messaging, P2 blog and hangouts to communicate. This company does not have an office at all, and all employees work remotely.
Josepha Haden, executive director of the WordPress project at Automatic, noted that building a strong remote work culture is a reminder to everyone to follow rituals and routines. She emphasized the importance of personal daily routines, including breakfast and getting ready for work, even if your office is by your bed.
Teams at Automattic start their day with meetings in the Slack Geekbot app. Each employee shares their agenda in the morning, making it easier for top managers to track the team's progress.
As for Accellabs, in this crazy Corona situation, we work completely remotely, but when it’s all over, we are going to switch to the following format: meetings in the office for teamwork 1-2 times a week, and then we will follow Siemens' example: 2 days working from home, 3 days - in the office.
Remote First - a modern collaboration model
Just a few years ago, remote workers, and even more so freelancers, were looked upon as lepers. There was a stereotype that they were all lazy, changing companies at the first call of the left heel. You cannot trust them, and even more so to pay substantial money. But now this stereotype is changing rapidly. Remote work is gradually becoming popular and even prestigious. A recent Global Workplace Analytics survey found that retirement has grown 91% over the past 10 years, and 159% over the past 12 years. For the next 10 years, growth is also projected in the region of 100-120%.
In the IT sector, remote work is no longer a surprise. But in recent years (and especially in recent months!), Working from home has become popular in almost every industry. Even trials are now conducted through Zoom, with lawyers, judges and prosecutors and even defendants staying at home. Advertising, insurance, education, economics, science, even real estate sales - in all these industries there are more and more remote workers each day.