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Working remotely has become more sought out by many employees. In this digital age, people are forgoing traditional job-sites in favor of virtual desks. In fact, according to Technobuffalo, 34% of companies say more than half their company’s full-time workforce would be working remotely by 2020. Here are five things to know about working remotely:

1. Real-time communication expectations
Often times as long as the work is getting done, companies are willing to let remote employees work flexible hours. However, as more employees transition to remote work, it’s likely we’ll see an emphasis placed on a collaborative environment, where remote employees work together in real-time from their separate locations. This makes sense when you consider the need for team meetings, phone calls, etc.

2. Using co-working and shared spaces
Designed for employees who want the freedom and flexibility of working remotely, but still crave the daily interaction of a traditional workplace. Co-working offices are the ideal situation to satisfy both. Working alongside other remote workers and entrepreneurs can boost morale and drive productivity. Working in a shared environment with self-motivated professionals who share your similar interests and work habits is a great spin on traditional remote offices.

3. More professional interactions on social media
Professional networking on social media is also experiencing explosive growth. Entrepreneurs are flocking to sites in record numbers to maximize their exposure and highlight their personal brand. Working remotely is tied to an increase of virtual connections which can help the company’s online presence grow.

4. Automated managerial and supervisory duties
As employees continue to turn to remote work for full-time career opportunities, we’ll also see a rise in manager and supervisor automation to support and monitor these remote employees. In fact, according to Technobuffalo, more than 3 million global workers will be supervised by an automated manager in 2018.

5. Increased familiarity with technology
As employers become more comfortable with the idea of their staff working from home, a basic level of familiarity with computers and technology is no longer going to be enough. Remote workers will need a greater level of proficiency to keep up with demands.


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