Reflection - The Year of Virtual Working

As we head towards the long-awaited end of 2020, our minds inevitably turn to reflect on the year gone by and the lessons we have learned particularly regarding virtual working. 

It cannot be disputed that 2020 has certainly been a year full of learning, life lessons, and curveballs thrown by the pandemic, among other things. 

Can you believe that it was this year that Australia was on fire? On top of the politics in America, the race riots across the world, and some tragic celebrity deaths, the year has been a rough ride. 

But there have been a great many positive things we have learned too. 

Many businesses globally learned that despite the minimal notice, they were able to get their employees equipped and trained to practice virtual working on a mass scale. 

This allowed some businesses to continue as normally as possible, allowing staff to continue earning and to feel a semblance of stability and normality in an ever-shifting environment. 

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It has certainly been a year for innovation as well. Families and friends finding ways to spend quality time together while being physically separated, such as quizzes over Zoom, regular phone calls, and even remote gaming.

The virtual working world has become highly prevalent even in everyday lives. Zoom calls, Microsoft Teams meetings, Google Hangouts, etc, all replaced regular in-person conversations. 

So is this the future?

We at the Virtual Training Team certainly think so.

While there is bound to be those of you who are aching to be back to ‘normal’ commuting to the office and having that physical working environment in which to spend your days, we believe that it is highly unlikely that the business world will ever go back fully to the way it was. 

Virtual working is here to stay. 

Before the pandemic, many businesses were on the fence about allowing their employees to work from home. Without the visibility of working in a shared office together, they argued, how can we be sure that employees are being productive?

It is safe to say that while businesses were not keen on the idea of allowing mass virtual working, the pandemic restrictions had other plans.  

Businesses were forced to allow virtual working for all but their essential workers, catapulting much of the globe into a situation they had never been in before. Suddenly, everything was remote and there was little everyone could do but adapt as quickly as possible.

And they did. 

Both employees and businesses came to realize the benefits of working virtually and this is why we feel that many organizations will choose to continue to adopt these practices long into the future. 

The Benefits of Virtual Working

The pros of working virtually are numerous and vast, for both employee and organization. Here are a few to consider:-

  • No commute; good for the planet, good for expenses

  • Increased productivity

  • More personal time for employees 

  • Enhanced health and wellbeing

  • Increased diversity and inclusivity

  • Less organizational expense; no central office requirements

  • Less personal expense for employees

We believe that remote and virtual working is here to stay. Not just for the above-highlighted benefits but because in this new digital age, working virtually just makes sense.

We are more connected as a planet than ever before, the technology just keeps getting better and who knows what is next on the innovation horizon. 

Hopefully next time, we won’t need a global pandemic to kickstart businesses into finding out and fully embracing these new ways of working. 

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