Digital Trends 2019

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"5 Remote Work Predictions suggest that remote work will increase in the years ahead"

Future digital trends suggest that remote work will increase in the years ahead.

Today we have chosen to promote “5 Remote Work Predictions for 2019” highlighted by Remote.CO to cheer on the Future of Work.

“5 Remote Work Predictions for 2019” highlighted by Remote.CO


1. More companies will transition to a remote-only environment.

Technologies exist to support remote work across a variety of industries, and there are plenty of trailblazers who have set examples by sharing their own remote journeys. Building strong teams through professional development opportunities and healthy internal cultures is no longer an opaque process; today, leaders can find an array of resources and lessons learned in company blogs and remote-focused forums.

2. As a result, we’ll see consultants and experts cropping up to support them.

Upcoming major emerging business opportunities. Take a look around, and you’ll see that there are training programs, retreat services, certifications, online courses, and coaching firms that are only now beginning to be built to help companies go remote. Those who cater to niches in waiting-to-be-disrupted fields like HR, learning and development, and operations will be especially poised for dramatic growth.

3. Interest in location-independent roles in rural areas will spike.

Not only can remote work help to regentrify economically depressed areas, it can serve to plug the “brain drain” many towns and communities encounter, as younger populations could conceivably return or even move in a new post college. When professionals have access to competitive job opportunities regardless of their home base, exciting things happen. Demographics begin to shift, startups are more apt to spring up, and those who may have left might stay put, raising families in agricultural enclaves or post-Industrial areas.

4. Remote work will be viewed as a retirement alternative.

At one point, leaving the workforce for a life on the golf course, traveling the world, or visiting with the grandkids was viewed as the pinnacle of achievement. Today, many baby boomers and even those in the preceding silent generation are leaning toward staying involved. While this could include mentoring or volunteer activities, it may also entail part-time or freelance remote work. Their hard-won insights and expertise can benefit a new crop of organizations as a means of giving back, while enabling would-be retirees to maintain business connections and worthwhile income streams.

5. Organizations and individuals will double down on engagement measures.

Loneliness and disenfranchisement have both long plagued remote professionals. Therefore, maintaining a sense of community while working at a distance will remain paramount in 2019. To ensure low turnover and high employee happiness, companies will seek out resources and products that keep teams connected without feeling burnt out. Meanwhile, professionals will invest more time participating in both face-to-face events and digital networking efforts—to stay on the cusp of their fields as well as to build a robust circle of contacts.

*Sources: 
5 Remote Work Predictions for 2019, Remote.CO 
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