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Pieces of the Puzzle: Exploring Different Areas of the Remote Working Sector

The emerging remote working sector is a complex thing—as one might expect from a fast-growing professional sector! As with any field, the remote working sector includes not only employers and employees, but thought leaders, key industries, and more. While each aspect of the sector plays its own role, they collaborate and come together to create the remote working experiences and policies that are only getting more popular.

If this all sounds a little confusing, don’t worry. Here is a closer look at some key areas of the remote working sector, and the impact each of them can make:

Remote Workers: The remote work sector wouldn’t exist without remote workers! In fact, in Australia alone, roughly 40% of all regularly employed people work remotely at least part of the time—leading top statisticians to conclude that remote work is an important part of the future of work, and one that’s here to stay.

Communities and Forums: One common concern about remote work is loneliness, and whether working without a physical office of co-workers will feel isolating. Thankfully, there are many online communities and forums for remote workers to connect—from social media like r/remotework on Reddit to remote-work-specific sites and communities like RemoteFirst via slack and the non-profit Grow Remote.

Remote Working Experts and Influencers: Every field has its “rock stars,” and remote working is no different. Thought leaders in the remote working sector may be executives at remote-first companies, or companies who aid other businesses in remote operations, they may be long-time remote workers themselves, or they may have gained their expertise in a different way altogether. In fact, having diverse influencers, including those of all ages, races, genders, and orientations, help keep the remote working sector relevant and up to date.

Online Platforms, Portals and Resources: One reason remote working has taken off so much in the past several years in the wide variety of platforms, portals, and other resources available to keep colleagues in contact while working remotely. Video platforms like Zoom and MS Teams have been crucial, as well as multi-channel chat platforms like Slack. Remote workers and employers depend upon these platforms to ensure smooth communication when not physically working together.

Businesses Embracing Remote Working: With more and more workers interested in remote work, many employers are listening and taking note. In fact, as of 2022, roughly 16% of companies worldwide have gone fully remote. This can be a smart move for companies that are looking to expand, as more and more employees and jobseekers (up to 70% when including those who prefer fully remote, and those who favour hybrid working) are willing to prioritize offers from companies that offer remote or hybrid working options.

Consultancies: For companies looking to embrace remote or hybrid working, or adapt a covid-induced remote work policy as the pandemic subsides, management consultancies are there to help. Some consultancies, like Boston Consulting Group (BCG), have made remote work consulting a specialty. These consultancies go one step beyond embracing remote work for their own employees—they’re helping other employers successfully grow and maintain a remote or hybrid workforce.

Product and Service Providers: It takes a lot of different types of products and businesses to build and maintain a successful remote work sector. In addition to the technological aspects, the remote working sector includes companies that provide physical, material goods and services. These include coworking spaces like WeWork, which provide and maintain physical bases around the world for remote workers, and also those who provide the tools remote workers depend on, from home-office setups to food delivery apps like DoorDash.

Governments and Institutions: It’s not just private entities interested in the possibilities of remote work—the government of Portugal, for one, recently announced a new type of visa for “digital nomads”—aka, remote workers who might want to work from abroad. Further, as remote work expands, national and local governments and other public institutions are interested in data showing its impact on their populations—the good and the bad.

Any given individual may fall into a different part of the remote work sector—or in some cases, such as a hiring manager who is looking to recruit remote workers while working remotely themselves, more than one at a time! The main thing to remember is that remote work is a diverse field, which may present challenges, but also poses amazing new opportunities—wherever you fall in the sector.

A final note from the team…

At wofome we are an evolving a work-in-progress. So is Remote Working. Our aim is to help make Remote Working a success for you or your organisation. Help us help you (and others). The more we learn from each other, the better Remote Working will become for everyone. If you are currently involved in Remote Working, you are already a Remote Working expert in your own right. If you are interested in writing a Guest Post for wofome, please go to the Guest Post area.

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Your wofome team

 

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