It goes without saying that traditional office jobs are pretty much dead. College students nowadays do not have the same aspirations as Millennials or the generation that came before them because they grew up witnessing the evolution of work and the future is in remote work.
But what does it mean and what kind of landscape would that be?
A.I is one of the key defining technologies in remote work
Automation, A.I, machine learning, all are important aspects of remote work as algorithms become more “intelligent” and freelancers are able to be paired more efficiently with potential clients and vice versa. The future of remote working is going to be a place of high efficacy.
According to Fortune, an online magazine that reports on current affairs revolving around the business industry, note that A.I is helping remote workers become better at their jobs, so much so that they can now work two full time jobs remotely. How is that possible?
The rise of ChatGPT and various similar programs that allow A.I generated content has become a game changer in both the art and content production industries. People are turning to A.I generated illustrations in order to draw up mock-ups and writers are using bots such as ChatGPT to expedite their article-writing. However morally gray these tactics may seem, reluctance to participate would likely cause freelancers or remote workers that do not adopt these practices to fall behind. Understanding how to use A.I efficiently and also properly will become a desirable soft skill in the near future.
Will we go back to the office full time? Maybe in augmented reality
The fact is that expecting employees to return to the office full time, especially for roles that do not require their presence, is something of a vain hope. People have had a taste of what it means to have a balance between work and their homes and in a survey, parents are more than happy to take a 20% pay cut if that means that they are able to work remotely. Perhaps factoring all the expenses that goes into commute and leaving any younger children with daycare facilities or nannies far outweighs the 20%, but whatever the reason, the only way we would be able to go back to the office full time is if VR or augmented reality takes off and there have been rumors of something called a Metaverse in the works by Facebook which will create a free virtual reality world for its users. It isn’t a far jump from a VR game to actual virtual reality, after all.
Technology will play a heavy hand in determining the future of remote work, but as users and employees, we too have a say in deciding what the future looks like based on our behavior and the trends that the masses will eventually adopt as the new norm.
Transforming a traditional workforce
The future of remote working is poised to be one of the most transformative elements of the 21st-century workplace. With advancements in technology and the global shift towards more flexible work arrangements, remote working is expected to become more sophisticated and seamless. Technologies like virtual reality, AI, and faster, more reliable internet connections will empower employees to collaborate in real-time, regardless of their physical location. Moreover, digital workspaces will be augmented by data analytics, with AI suggesting improvements for workflows and communication patterns. Remote work will be further enabled by global policy changes, as businesses and governments align their strategies with this new norm, recognizing its environmental, economic, and lifestyle benefits.
The future of remote working is not just about working from home; it’s about redefining what work means and where it happens. This transformation is all-encompassing, touching on technology, societal norms, and even legislative structures. With the integration of advanced technologies and policy changes, the divide between ‘remote’ and ‘on-site’ work is expected to blur, paving the way for a new era of work that is flexible, productive, and adaptable to individual needs and circumstances.