Remote Work: 3 Technology Trends to Keep an Eye On
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Remote Work: 3 Technology Trends to Keep an Eye On

By CIOReview | Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Remote working technologies can be leveraged to enhance communication, collaboration, organization, and many more.

FREMONT, CA: The majority of remote workers need to continue to work remotely, at least for some more time, for the rest of their careers. Recent in-depth market research and startup technology innovation say this. With this growing demand comes some of the essential remote working trends and tools firms can leverage to enhance communication, collaboration, organization, and more. Here are some of the major remote working technology trends and tools.

• Remote Working Going Mobile

The demand for work flexibility means that workers want to work when and where they choose to.  Working from a mobile device is an inevitable trend. Mobile devices with cellular network connectivity have been leveraged for work mainly for communication purposes. The use of mobile devices for work communication has recently expanded to audio/video conferencing for remote working. 5G mobile network offers broader bandwidth and lower latency than the available 4G LTE network.  The 5G infrastructure upgrade will allow functions and tools beyond communication to be run on a mobile device. It will also provide remote workers an option and a change of the digital environment other than a PC.

• Virtual Water Cooler

Water cooler chat/talk/conversation is when employees take a break from work-related tasks and discuss their hobbies, interests, news, and other things. Many of these conversations took place in a break area or near a physical water cooler, creating the namesake. It has been a long-standing convention in several countries and work cultures. Remote working makes it complex to arrange such casual yet vital information exchange in the absence of serendipitous and face-to-face interactions. Instead of video conferencing tools, virtual online tools that accommodate the characteristics of water-coolers would greatly assist with employee bonding during remote working.

• Hybrid of On-Premises

Although technology leaders have embraced a fully remote working future, the more likely instance would be a hybrid of on-premises and remote working. This could signify that some employees work completely remotely, while other employees return to business premises. Another practice is that each worker has the option of working remotely for a certain number of days in a week. As companies find the cost of managing their headquarters in expensive commercial real estate is high and unnecessary, and as their teams become distributed, they will likely look to co-working spaces and virtual offices to cement the gap.