If we turn back the clock just 10 or 15 years, we’d be in a time when remote work was pretty rare. Employers were still locked into the idea that people had to be in the office for them to be at their productive best, and the benefits of letting people telecommute really weren’t all that apparent.
However, fast forward to today and find ourselves in a time where remote work is more prevalent than ever. The number of people working remotely seems to be growing by the second, and there is really no reason to suspect this will slow down. Of course there will always be a place for the traditional office setting, but remote work is most certainly the future.
This will bring about lots of changes. Managers will have to adapt their management style so that they can work with remote teams, and nearly all businesses will need to get help—in the form of a professional employer organization (PEO)—managing the HR nightmare that comes with having employees from all over the world.
But before going too far into what people will need to do to adapt to a remote workforce, let’s look at some of drivers of this radical change in how we work.