The increase in remote working positions signifies a paradigm shift in the way people are working. The considerable growth in these job positions could have been brought on by many factors – employers deciding to make more positions remote; employees asking for more flexibility; or a natural progression with the increase in technology. Whatever the reason, perhaps it’s time to embrace this shift with open arms.
In the 1980s to early 1990s, computers were installed in the workplace en masse; employers and employees had to embrace this new way of working. Of course, some people were not keen, at first, and ‘protested’. However, fast forward 2019…… computers have taken centre stage in our workplace.
How can individuals embrace the paradigm shift?
First of all it is important to ask yourself how you see change. Do you perceive change as being unnecessary? Do you identify change with upheaval, disruption or chaos? Are you concerned that change may mean you will be superfluous to requirements? Now is probably a good time to start to see change in how we, as a global community, are intrinsically being directed to work.
What does this embrace have to look like?
Well, if you decide to view this as a positive shift, then you may want to:
- Gain an understanding of what remote working entails
- Research the various job opportunities that are available, and the companies offering remote jobs
- Evaluate your skills and experience
- Decide whether it’s something you would/could consider
- Connect with other remote workers
- See this change as a possible way to achieve more flexibility/work-life-harmony
- Also, keep your passport up-to-date (you never know when you may be offered that ‘work anywhere’ remote job!)
It may be a good idea to see this shift as a way of moving forward in the right direction.
How employers can begin to embrace the paradigm shift
As with any change, there will be some resistance. Yes, even with offering remote working positions to people that may make their life more manageable. Not everyone likes change.
Here are some things employers may want to consider:
- What are your company’s vision, mission, strategic aims and objectives?
- Can the objectives still be achieved by changing some of the job positions to remote working?
- How would it affect all your stakeholders?
- What are the investments you would need to make?
- Would you require external support to develop new policies and procedures?
- Would you need to look at best practices of different companies who have already developed a successful remote workforce?
- Would you need to have a test run with a few roles before deciding to take it further?
- Can this new way of working be sustainable?
- How will you evaluate and measure the effectiveness of a remote workforce?
Of course, there would be a lot more for companies to consider when deciding on a remote workforce – either fully or partly. How companies approach any change will be dependent on the needs of that particular company. Remember – having happy employees is just as important as having happy customers!
The fundamental ways of how we worked in the past has changed. Thinking about how we should work in the future, will also change and continue to do so. As for the present……it’s time to embrace the paradigm shift of new ways of working. Just like when computers were introduced – those who readily adapted to change moved ahead quicker.
Peace and Prosperity
Kingfisher Remote Jobs Team