If you work from home, I wonder if you have ever worked from a different environment or at different times to your scheduled working hours, safe in the knowledge that as long as you produce a high standard of work and reach your deadlines then no one would know! Imagine if you could do this all the time where you did not have to adhere to set hours but focused more upon the quality of your outcomes.
The future of work from anywhere policies that have been incorporated by companies is highly likely to manifest a significant transformation in the way employees both work and organise professional and personal obligations. Employees would have far greater control over their work - life balance, leading to improved well being and satisfaction in their role.
Several key trends have already been implemented and there are various factors involved which require careful consideration with many organisations expected to adopt hybrid work models. These allow employees to choose between working in the office environment, either remotely or with a combination of both. This allows flexibility and accommodates the many diverse work preferences.The reduced commuting would definitely have a positive impact upon the environment with far fewer carbon emissions!
Technology is ever evolving and advances in this area will play an important role with the not so far off future witnessing more sophisticated collaboration tools, virtual reality (which is a simulation of a 3D dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a ‘real’ way) and augmented reality applications (where the real world environment has virtual information or a virtual environment on top of it to enhance the experience). These are designed to facilitate remote working and create immersive working spaces.
Working from anywhere will enable companies to utilise a global network of talent where geographical boundaries do not have significance as long as employees can collaborate effectively and efficiently and productivity is not affected.
Leaders would need to address management styles in order to lead remote work effectively. There would need to be a huge emphasis on clear communication and trust between all involved. Perhaps a greater emphasis would need to be placed on the mental wellbeing of a workforce and the challenges of isolation and burnout being openly discussed. Additionally, leaders and those in managerial positions would need to invest in training and development to ensure that employees maintain the skills and requirements for remote working.
So the future of the work from anywhere policies it seems, would be shaped by blending technologies and the needs and demands of both the workforce and the organisation. Businesses would need to remain extremely agile and competitive in an evolving professional landscape of a global scale.