What COVID-19 Means for the Future of Remote Work

What COVID-19 Means for the Future of Remote Work

Excerpted from Builtin by Mike Thomas

The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of employees to work from home. In the months and years ahead, experts say remote work will only become more prevalent.

As remote work becomes increasingly necessary across America and around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no shortage of advice on how to be your “most productive” self while toiling outside the office. But much of that advice has to do with combing your hair and buying the right desk chair and separating your workspace from your bedroom — which is all well and good, but fails to address far deeper issues.

Although working remotely is now widely seen as a temporary measure, experts say it’s more likely to become the norm. That’s certainly the view at TaxJar. In a blog post earlier this month, the 160-employee and fully remote company posted five insights for those who are new to this office-less world. By and large they’re very practical — tips about effective communication and having the right tools and the importance of staying connected.

But one in particular stands out: “We recommend treating a temporary remote work situation less like a field trip and more like what it truly is — the future of work. And if you take your company remote for a time and decide to switch back to co-located work, be prepared with a strong argument as to why you’re making the change.”
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