Changes in technology and the ever-evolving job sector are among the top factors that have enabled the rise of remote working. Even contract jobs in Australia haven’t been spared.
Just a decade ago, barely a million people worked remotely, but fast forward to now, there are millions of people working from home. Thousands of organisations and businesses have also fully embraced this trend.
What has made the trend to even grow faster is the current coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing rules and other measures put in place by health authorities to limit the spread of this virus have forced businesses to adapt to new modes of working.
Top on this list is remote working. And to make this process even more smooth, we’ve witnessed the coming up of more advanced and better remote working technology.
With better internet connectivity and easy access to better communication devices, you do not necessarily have to leave your home to the office or work site.
First off, let’s look at the tools and technologies that have revolutionised remote working.
Tools & Technologies That Have Revolutionised Remote Working
Initially, some employers had fears that switching to this mode of working would affect productivity. That employees would have a difficult time staying focused on their roles and the working relationship between them and their managers would suffer.
But what’s emerging is that remote working has more benefits that overshadow its drawbacks. With the advances that have been made so far in remote working technology, more employees, including career contractors, are even finding this mode of working very suitable. Later on, I’ll be showing its special benefits.
Meanwhile, now we have better communication and collaborative technologies that make it easier for employees to remain productive and connected. Some of them include:
- G Suite from Google - Comprises collaboration and productivity tools and apps designed for businesses that wish to work remotely
- Slack - Allows for instant and constant messaging
- Zoom - For audio and video conferencing. Other better video conferencing tools include Google Hangouts, Adobe connect, Bluejeans meetings, Skype, Cisco Webex Meetings.
- Asana - An advanced project management software. Others include Microsoft teams, Trello, Basecamp, and teamwork projects.
- Trackstar & SAP Success Factors - For performance reviews
As an employer, you have to see to it that your workers have proper mobile hardware tools. That includes decent laptops, smartphones and access to fast internet. Some of the tools and technologies are free, which means even small organisations on a budget can still make the switch to remote working without worrying about the costs involved.
Factors Contributing To The Rise Of Remote Working Technology
1. Fast And Accessible Internet
Days when internet connectivity was a headache and only a few could afford it are long gone. Almost anyone can access fast and reliable internet today, even those in remote locations.
If you are looking for contract jobs in Sydney or any other city, easy access to the internet makes it possible for you to work from anywhere in the world. The fast speeds combined with the affordability of smarter devices have made things really better.
2. Cloud Sharing
Gone are days when you would send a document for approval and wait for days to have feedback. With cloud sharing, you can simply complete tasks by instant sharing of files and feedback. You could be living in Sydney and doing contact work in Melbourne. Cloud sharing makes it easy to exchange vital information safely and with speeds like you are all in the same room, whether you working as a team or solo.
3. Video Conferencing
In the past, you wouldn't take a vacation or go out of town during a working week. But now, you can handle two or more part-time jobs or leave town and still deliver.
You can attend a meeting or even do a presentation of your contractor work in Perth from the comfort of your home in Brisbane. Tools like Zoom and Skype make it possible to have meetings via video with anyone across the world.
Special Benefits Associated With Remote Working
As mentioned earlier, remote working technology has its special upsides too that make it an attractive option not just to employers but also employees and job seekers. They include:
1. Saves Money
How? That is easy to see. If everyone works remotely, there will be no need for office space. No one will demand or have to offer the 10 o’clock tea. As an employer, you don’t have to spend much on employee salaries since transport allowance is no longer a factor.
In the wake of the current economic downturn, there are many benefits you could enjoy by opting to have your employees work remotely.
2. Saves Time
This is a rare thing to mention when talking about work but it’s emerging that you can actually save time and still deliver. Think of the time you used to move from your house to the office and back. Now, working remotely helps you save time, which can now be utilised to achieve other things. Initially, this was a benefit that only part-timers enjoyed.
3. Increased Productivity
Did you know that working in an environment of your choice increases your productivity? The overall performance is boosted by the ability to take breaks when it suits you best, fewer social distractions and an environment that boosts your creativity.
4. Flexible Working Hours
Now that you do not have to go to the office at 8 am, you can finish your work late at night and enjoy your sleep during the day. Or attend to other matters during the day and meet work deadlines later in the evening. You no longer have to postpone your doctor’s appointment from Monday morning since you can carry your work to the waiting room.
We could go on and on about how remote working technology has changed the nature of full-time and contract jobs in Brisbane and every other city in Australia but there is just not enough time and space to cover all that. What’s clear is that remote working will continue to define the future of work, especially as the world battles a pandemic that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. If you are currently looking for IT contract jobs, Finance Contract Jobs, Human Resource Contract Jobs, or contract jobs in your specific industries that can be done remotely, ContractInn has you covered.