In the world of Coronavirus, social distancing has become the new norm and many of the nation’s office workers have not seen their desks for months. But as lockdown eases, there may be fewer desks to return to.

Enforced remote working has been the facilitator for a shift in thinking

Facing a sudden force to adapt their businesses, many companies turned the traditional status quo on its head and, in the process, approached remote working fully-fledged. In the process, teams are asking questions why remote working has never been committed to or explored as a feasible option previously.

Now that those questions are being asked, more businesses are seeing the potential in remote working and the openings it can present. But how do we plan for those different outcomes now? Many businesses are already thinking about how their processes and working environments must change in order to move things forward, post COVID. So, it makes sense to explore potential modifications that bring added benefits to teams across a business.

Unlocking remote work collaboration

Many ideas have been floated around to how office work can work for the near future and beyond, including staggered working days and times, different teams to work in shifts, Perspex screens but all to include more remote working.

The digital age opens many possibilities of how this can work for all types of businesses and their employees. With more different types of communication software’s around now than ever before, communication is no longer difficult whilst working from home, these include Skype, Teams, Zoom and many more. There are also many types of workflow and project management programmes which can really help a team have insight into each other’s day to day workload, these include Monday.com, Trello and slack.

A move to cloud technology would offer far greater flexibility

There is no denying that hosting software and business data in the cloud brings a multitude of benefits with it – that’s why so many businesses made the transition before now. Those who hadn’t previously already made the change, have now been forced to look into it, now office work has been put on hold. The likelihood is that businesses need to look at flexible and cost-effective options going forward, so moving to the cloud makes business sense.

Introduce more automation

The response of the pandemic has drawn attention to where inefficiency exists in finance and business, this may boost progress towards a more automated and efficient future.

Assist in the positioning for the new norm

Having seen over the last few months what is possible and how quickly people can adapt, maybe the time has finally arrived for professionals to embrace the possibilities of remote working as a long-term choice?

With all of these different options available, it leaves many opportunities for businesses to consider remote work in the future and how there would clearly be many benefits.