Not so long ago, remote working or telecommuting may have seemed out of reach for most sectors. It was only available as a special arrangement with the employer to accommodate individuals or families in specific cases. Today, the status quo proves otherwise. Remote working in Kenya has become a workplace trend and it seems to be the future of the modern workplace. But the transition has encountered a fair share of challenges.
An eye-opening study has revealed that about three-quarters of employers in Kenya are considering establishing a work-from-home culture after COVID-19. But the implementation of this system has encountered a lot of trials including lack of pre-planned work structures, mistrust among employers and employees, lack of essential tools of work for employees, and reduced productivity for the workforce.
As the pandemic continues to disrupt daily operations, many companies are already planning far ahead after the pandemic ceases. How will the massive transformation we are witnessing in the workplace affect how we work in the future? What trends should we expect to see from working remotely going forward? How will businesses adjust and transform from now?
Let’s look at the major transformation you can expect to see in the work-from-home setting.
Telecommuting is Here to Stay
In the next couple of years, we will see more enterprises trying to test remote working in a hybrid environment. So, rather than switching permanently to a remote-based environment, they will begin by working several days in a week from home while progressively dealing with the already common work-from-home communications challenges and isolation including issues related to the productivity of employees.
Among the factors driving this permanent change is the cost-saving advantage of working remotely – a feature that has become clear during this outbreak. While this will take time especially because we are not used to locking ourselves in our homes and working full time, it’s something most companies will put into perspective for continuity.
Technology Will Remain Significant in Remote Work
The speed at which technology has advanced means that people working from home can complete their tasks on time and remain cost-effectively connected with coworkers at all times. There is also an increasing demand for teleconferencing and telework technology such as Gumzo that enable teams to operate, collaborate, and communicate virtually.
As employees move to virtual meetings and workflow processes completed digitally, many companies are beginning to see the huge advantage in convenience, efficiency, and transparency that emanates from working remotely. As the digital workplace continues to leverage remote focused tools and services, more organizations are likely to adopt the work-from-home system as a long-term mode of working.
Introduction of Strict Policies for Working Remotely
While the current situation has forced most employers to allow their team to work from home, there is a huge number of workers who dislike the idea of working remotely. Most of them may cite the various distractions at home or their fondness to commute to a physical workstation.
As a result, most organizations will possibly prefer a hybrid approach. This would require firms to introduce appropriate remote work policies to maintain a strong workplace culture even at home. In this case, companies should continue to improve these policies even after the pandemic ends.
What the Future Holds
Unforeseen circumstances have paved the way for the first true test case for working remotely in the country. While the hasty transition may not have been planned, the situation is not about to change any soon.
In Kenya, organizations are now getting a deeper look at how work-from-home policies could work for them. Remote work is not and will not be for everyone especially the casual workers who depend on daily incomes to cater to their needs. It will not work for 100 percent of the industries either. But many employers and employees alike stand to reap the benefits that remote work provides. It’s also part of the solution if we have to deal with another crisis like the one at hand.