Microsoft Records Over 115mn Daily Active Users in October – Remote Working Trends
Published on Oct 29, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to bring agony and despair for multitudes across the world, building huge financial and emotional strains. While the science fraternity works relentlessly towards developing a vaccine, countries across the globe are actively working towards supressing the rising Covid numbers. Simultaneously, business organizations, having being aware of the dangers the virus poses towards the safety of their employees have been mindful of their responsibilities and have continuously encouraged employees to work remotely over the span of last seven months. In order to have some semblance of normalcy and maintain business as usual, businesses have been exploring various digital options of responsibly carrying out their operations. Several companies have revamped their workplace policies and are now giving special attention to remote working policies as well. As millions of people adjust to remote working on a full-time basis, the transition has had its own set of challenges as we humans are hardwired for social connections and being in lockdown mode for months is something that no-one saw coming.
The days are gone when organizations required their workforce to be physically present at their offices. Today, businesses are preferring to operate in a more diverse manner by integrating remote workers as well as in-house employees. Due to the pandemic, the workplace collaboration software space has witnessed a huge rise in demand. To make work from home a flawless one, several workplace collaboration tool providers have perfected their offerings in order to help everyone adapt to the “new normal”. For smooth business operations, it is essential that in-house employees, remote workers, third-party vendors and independent contractors stay connected to each other. The dramatic move towards remote working has undoubtedly highlighted the need for virtual collaboration tools – the only way employees can work as a team.
Impact of Coronavirus on remote working
The Covid-19 pandemic has reset several work trends. This situation of crisis has compelled the HR leaders to brainstorm workforce planning, management and strategies. The pandemic has given remote working an “ultimate push” and has redefined the definition of work from home, creating a lasting impact on the way we work. Organizations are in the midst of re-evaluating their strategic and operational goals while assessing the impact on their pre-Covid goals and plans. According to Gartner, in order to lower costs, 32% of organizations are looking forward to replacing full-time employees with remote workers.