It’s halfway through 2019 already and remote working is on the rise. There is no doubt that many companies, especially startups and SaaS companies, have become remote (either partially or completely) and many more are in the process of doing so. Hence, one can say that what people thought of it as a passing trend couple of years ago, has become a mainstay and new way of working.

According to a study, remote working will equal fixed office locations by 2025 and we can totally see it happen. Let’s take a look at the remote work trends that shall dominate in 2020:

1 . HR and recruiters will look for more specialized skills

Digital marketing, software development, website development and content shall remain the top remote jobs. However, the recruiters and HR managers shall look for more specialized skills that will include expertise in using basic online communication tools, virtual project management tools and so forth.

Not only digital fluency will be “wanted” but advanced skills in the respective niche will be needed. It will be difficult to land a job with simple skills like marketing or sales; you will need to update your skills and learn more about digital marketing, SEO management, UI/UX designing etc.

2. Workplace cybersecurity will stay as a primary concern

We know that this is not a specific remote team thing and is a major concern for in-house teams as well. Managers and CEOs will have to address this issue as more and more data will be shared between team members virtually. Having an effective and strong cybersecurity process will be pivotal. Many governments may also start addressing this issue (like GDPR) and will make it necessary for the remote companies to comply with the new regulations.

3. Competition from Gen Z

Pull your socks up, Gen X and baby boomers! Gen Z (those born after 1996) will be entering the workforce soon and are powered with their enormous knowledge about the internet. This is a generation that grew up playing on the internet and social media and hence are not new to what this sphere encompasses. 61 million Gen Z will join the workforce in the US alone and this figure is tripled globally. More number will be joining in newly developed nations like India, China, Philippines, Brazil and eastern Europe.

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Competition will be tough from the South Asian and eastern European people as they have become more tech savvy and fluent in English.

4. Nomadic remote workers will find new bases

Gone are the days when San Francisco or London were the hub of the internet. Remote workers are now and shall continue to move to cheaper nations with a bustling nomadic community and cheaper and faster internet connections. Locations like Bali, Chiang Mai, Cambodia, Columbia and Ukraine will continue to host a number of remote workers.

5. Increase in the number of co working spaces

As more number of companies and people embrace this culture, increase in the number of coworking spaces is a given. Companies will hire spaces where a majority of their employees live while individual remote workers will seek these spaces to work and socialise with like minded people. 

There is a certainty that the co working spaces will revolutionize the remote work culture and will emerge as a separate ecosystem much like the regular office. 

6. More learning and training opportunities for remote staff

The managers and CEOs have finally accepted that the most efficient teams are the ones who are encouraged to learn and evolve. This important lesson learnt will be applied to the remote teams as well. Many existing companies like Doist, Zapier, Atlassian encourage their team members to learn new stuff and even pay for certain courses.

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7. Trust ‘em more

One of the most important and prevalent factors, trust, shall continue to be an issue between remote employers and employees. There are a large number of companies that have made transparency and equal pay a core value of their business but there continues to be an even larger number of employers who still don’t trust their remote employees enough.

8. Loneliness and lack of social interaction 

It is not always hunky dory in the world of remote work. Lack of social interaction and loneliness will continue to be a major concern for the mental health of remote employees. Thus, the remote companies must encourage their remote employees to indulge in water cooler talks, celebrating birthdays and other important achievements and sharing some personal stuff.

This is definite that the remote work culture is not a passing trend and will continue to increase. One needs to wait and watch what all interesting and new trends this work setting unfolds. PurpleRain continues to remain committed to be a hybrid remote team and encourages the in-house team to work from home a few days a year.

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Bhagyashree Pancholy