Remote work: Many people will not return to the office.

A revolution is coming along with the pandemic. In just a few weeks, companies had to change their approach to the performance of employees’ official duties. Remote work has become a necessity. And a necessity that many people, who have been used to work in the office so far, may like it for longer.

Millions of people who until now have performed every job from the company’s desk, and held meetings in the company’s conference rooms, discover that all this can be done at home, in slippers, from a comfortable couch.

As the latest research by Gartner, an analytical company, has shown that this state of affairs may appeal to us permanently. Even 30 percent employees who are currently taking advantage of remote work opportunities may not want to go back to performing their duties at the company’s office.

The situation on the labor market can leave a real and lasting footprint on the functioning of a huge number of companies around the world if suddenly many employees decide that they do not want to go back to work in open spaces, at company desks.

This is a great global test of remote work and how employees can perform their duties. Of all employees who could do their work remotely, so far only about 5 percent of them did it, but after a pandemic it will change We will have improved, proven technologies. Managers will be more sure that remote employees are productive. And many employees will simply prefer to work from home.

Before the global coronavirus pandemic, over 44 percent organizations around the world did not allow their employees to work remotely. There is still a strong belief among many employers that this form of work is not effective.

Research shows that free access to technology and tools to perform our duties is much more important. Where we do it is secondary. And we don’t lack technology. Only thanks to the internet can we work in many new ways. We can organize teleconferences from both specialized platforms and ordinary social media messengers. In turn, we can perform daily tasks from the level of cloud applications available on the smartphone.

Companies that provide more digital experience, including free access to devices, tools, applications and remote work, have significantly higher growth rates.