- January 28, 2019
- in Future of Work
- by Amanda Maksymiw
Key Trends Driving Distributed Work
Distributed work is increasingly more common as companies ditch dated misconceptions about remote working and embrace the practice for the many benefits it offers to organizations. Far from hindering efficiency, remote work options are increasingly seen as a way to unleash productivity, secure the best talent, and stay competitive in a rapidly changing business landscape.
The growing popularity of scaling a distributed workforce is happening organically, as a number of current trends are pushing organizations to adopt remote work policies.
Changing Workforce Demographics and the Arrival of Gen Z
The arrival of Gen Z in the workforce is one of the biggest and most transformative trends that we can expect to have a serious impact on the adoption of remote work. Gen Zers have grown up as native internet, computer, and smartphone users. These technologies come second nature to them, and they are not tied to older modes of communication that have been rendered obsolete by the constantly connected tech landscape of today. In our recent Workforce Futures survey, 79% of respondents indicated a desire to work remotely in some capacity during their work week. With Gen Z entering the workforce, we can expect that this number will only increase.
Top Talent Beyond Your Local City
Another trend persuading organizations to implement distributed work policies is the growing realization that such offerings allow employers to source talent from a much larger pool. Without remote work, if the perfect candidate for your open position is in Seattle and your office is in New York, it means you won’t be able to hire that person barring them moving and uprooting their lives. With remote work, that problem is immediately resolved, as your employees are able to contribute to your organization no matter where they may be located.
Constant Shifts in Technology
The development and constant improvement to technologies that enable workers to be productive wherever they are is also a strong driver behind increasing remote work adoption. Beyond communication and collaboration platforms like Fuze, which recently received a number of enhancements designed for the mobile worker on-the-go, improvements in connectivity such as the advent of 5G networks ensure that workers can work from anywhere in the world while still maintaining full productivity.
The momentum behind distributed workforce adoption will only accelerate moving forward. That is why it’s important, now more than ever, for organizations to stay ahead of the curve and be prepared for the changes that lie ahead.