The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the commercial market, and more companies have been forced to adjust their business models if they want to stay open. This has prompted retailers, service providers, and entrepreneurs to take their enterprises online.
The lack of a physical work environment has piqued the attention of managers who aren’t sure how to keep their employees profitable and on task. Employees, on the other hand, are worried about their privacy and work-life balance.
Employee monitoring software is bridging the gap between on and off-site teams, while helping business owners boost their bottom line during the ongoing economic crisis. Additionally, apps and mobile platforms are helping remote teams to collaborate, communicate, and work together efficiently.
Read on for a few key ways technology is impacting the remote workforce.
Remote workers have traditionally chosen the virtual work environment to gain more flexibility and control over their schedules. Rather than sticking to a set 9-to-5 schedule, workers are able to take care of tasks on their own time.
This has done wonders for commuters, parents, and employees who are juggling busy home lives. Being able to choose when and where they work allows people to focus their energy on tasks that need the most of their attention. Removing the need for a lengthy commute is one benefit that has put more than $91 billion back into the pockets of American workers.
Workers by and large do not want to return to the traditional office environment. In fact, the majority of participants in a recent survey reported wanting to work remotely (at least part time) for the entirety of their professional careers.
Being able to enjoy a flex schedule has been proven to improve the quality of life and overall satisfaction at work. With the widespread accessibility of internet-connected devices, many workers can also use their own equipment to go online.
Cost-Effective Organization Management
Allowing staff to work from home at least half time has helped American companies to save more than $11,000 per year. That’s just counting operational costs and overhead, but the savings can extend to increased production and improved turnover rates.
By providing employees with a flexible work schedule and environment that can fit their individual needs and schedules, staff is less likely to look for opportunities elsewhere. This can help even small organizations save money and time on:
- HR operations
- Recruitment efforts
Trimming the fat and removing the need to maintain a physical office environment is completely changing the way business owners and managers appropriate their budgets.
By identifying these gaps and understanding how and when employees work best, companies and workers can make the most out of every minute that’s spent on the clock.
Streamlined Task Automation
Moving the workplace online means also making files, documents, materials, and everything else employees need virtually available. Monitoring software, productivity trackers, time clock apps, note-taking programs, and other tools are making it easier and faster to accomplish the same tasks as before.
Many of the most popular systems on the market today rely on artificial intelligence to learn and adapt to worker behaviors. Identifying patterns and consistencies using AI helps mobile apps, desktop programs, and online platforms to indicate:
- Areas of improvement
- Lag time
- Peak productivity
- Behavioural anomalies
- Tasks that can be automated
By shining a light on how employees are spending their workdays, companies are able to save even more time and money by reducing unnecessary or repetitive tasks. This also gives workers the leeway to focus on tasks that require more attention, or a creative outlet.
Remote work is here to stay, and more telecommuters are entering the market than previous years. Single parents, individuals with health conditions, and those with other extenuating circumstances are able to keep up in the corporate world with little more than a computer and a home office.
Technology like AI-enabled monitoring apps, learning software, productivity programs, and even wellness platforms have completely changed the employer-employee relationship. With these tools, collaborating with offsite teams and maintaining a job without a commute is more accessible than ever before.