The pandemic and remote work have accelerated the need for technology, and various solutions, from communication to motivational tools, keep emerging. The tech world changes show no signs of slowing down, and the more companies become fully remote, the more products enter the market.
The technologies are expected to keep up with the needs of remote workers and adjust to their preferences, helping companies reduce overhead costs, become more flexible, and leverage other WFH advantages. Many companies opt for an outstaffing model because it drives their business’ development, facilitates performance, and cuts expenses while ensuring a high price-to-quality ratio.
So, if you’re a part of the “remote work society,” here’s a list of the tech advancements that can enter the world thanks to the remote employees’ needs.
Back in the “work from office” days, the employees rarely had problems with their hardware or the Internet connection. They had all the needed resources to ply their usual tasks. Now, the employees work from various places — homes, cafes, coffee shops, and so on. That’s when decentralization took place, and the employees started experiencing multiple connectivity issues. So, instead of a single Internet connection, they need smaller and more stable connections.
Besides, employees’ needs are constantly evolving, leading to shorter lifespans for all the hardware, from computers to headphones. Also, the slow Internet and poor quality of microphones and cameras became hot topics for discussions at the pandemic’s outset and haven’t ebbed since.
So, the technology is expected to improve WiFi, make it faster and more adaptive, and develop more stable routers to change the way we connect and the tools we use.
Trello and Asana are dominating the workflow platforms rankings, becoming go-to solutions for remote-friendly companies. Although they ease the shift to remote work, they aren’t the endpoint of the modern virtual workspace industry.
The companies demand novel solutions that allow creating virtual data rooms to discuss information in digital privacy. Also, such technologies as robotic process automation and process mining are about to enter the WFH area in the months ahead, significantly impacting remote employees‘ performance.
Remote work significantly blurs the lines between business and personal life, increasing employee stress and negatively affecting overall well-being. This results in decreased motivation, productiveness, and performance. Besides, in most cases, employees are responsible for how they structure their days, and managing the work themselves can be daunting.
Also, it’s critical for WFH workers to manage their productivity correctly, namely, track peak times of concentration and distracting behaviors. The tech companies saw the need for such tools and came up with various solutions that help individuals optimize their workflows.
Most productivity assistants are AI-based, which helps users to get actionable insights into their working patterns. The employees can see how many hours of deep work they have per day, analyze how much time they switch context, and see what apps sink their time the most.
Such apps gave rise to anti-distraction tools. They help remote workers to protect themselves from wasting time on social media or off-work Slack chats when they’re trying to focus on core tasks.
Since Gen Z is more digitally connected than any other generation before them, these individuals feel more independent and see entrepreneurship as something easily attainable. They believe they can do many things on their own, and the modern world gives them all the tools for starting a business independently.
For example, they can use Shopify or Etsy to get affordable tools to turn their ideas into reality. They can access remote talent by using Indeed or Upwork. The so-called DIY generation representatives can take less risk and less cost initially to start the business with the goal of testing the waters. The sky’s the limit, and Gen Z understands that.
There are many factors forming Gen Z’s interest in entrepreneurship. For example, their parents’ experiences proved that working for a big company for many years doesn’t guarantee one won’t be laid off with a snap of a finger.
That’s why these individuals understand they need to think global and decentralized, focusing on remote work and improving its capabilities. They are on their way to developing novel technologies that will change not only the remote work environments but also the lifestyle.
As you can see, more technological improvements are expected to enter the markets in the next couple of years. The remote teams require updated collaboration tools to achieve better results, while WFH employees struggle with keeping the work-life balance and need tech help to prevent themselves from burning out. The tech world is poised and ready to address a multitude of remote work challenges, and we’re here for it!