As the demand for remote workers continues to increase at an exponential rate, modern workplaces are noticing the shift towards more flexible, collaborative work environments. Highly educated organizations are positioning themselves ahead of this trend by investing in their technological infrastructure, so that they gain relevancy, attract top talent and secure their organizations for the future, instead of being caught holding onto the past.
Whether you prefer a remote workforce or not is becoming more and more inconsequential because the cloud is allowing remote workers to do so much more, remotely. The real reason that remote working agreements are so controversial is that they highlight managerial and employee engagement issues. Management by proximity is being replaced by management through performance. This is a knowledge gap in the market and technology is a key means to bolster employee engagement by using tools that provide access and monitor performance.
Most businesses understand the necessity of investing in cloud technologies, data backup, surveillance and other emerging technologies, yet one of the primary obstacles of adding infrastructure to a virtual work environment is the hefty capital expenditure associated with that new addition. In order to circumvent this challenge, Blue Fox Group is advising businesses to shift their monthly operating expenses to align with the infrastructure of the future, a virtual work environment, instead of holding onto costly commercial leases. “If a business simply reduces their square footage by 25%, they can immediately afford whatever their organization needs to grow, whether that’s a security solution, cloud services, data backup or anything else they need to reach the next level. By doing so early, they’ll attract top talent who expect remote positions instead of becoming obsolete like the laggards who are in denial of this transition,” commented Blue Fox owner Mike Lindsley. Regardless as to whether a business owner agrees with or disagrees with the concept of remote working, it’s where the future is headed. Millennials are the driving force behind the trend and as millennials expected to become 75% of the workforce by 2025, the transition to a virtual work environment is inevitable at this point.
Millennials now expect remote working opportunities and according to a global survey by PGI, “79% of knowledge workers, and 60% of remote workers in the survey said that if they could, they would leave their current job for a full-time remote position at they could, they would leave their current job for a full-time remote position at the same pay rate.
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