4 Trends and Challenges of Remote Work That Will Continue Into 2022

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1. Long hours and the need to set boundaries

According to a Harvard Business Review survey conducted among 1,500 people in 46 countries, nearly 90% of employees say their work-life balance has worsened as a result of working remotely. While there are differences between organizations and industries, it is clear that the boundaries between work and time off have become blurred 

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1. Long hours and the need to set boundaries

and many are finding it difficult to separate the two areas of their lives in a way that benefits them.

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2. Toxic environment can go online

Who said remote work would solve the toxic environment that, sometimes, we have to put up with in our careers? If you thought you could hide from the toxic atmosphere of your office in the comfort of your own home, it must have been a huge surprise when you realized it had moved online. Long hours, uncertainty, pressures of all kinds, 

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2. Toxic environment can go online

tiredness, and lack of trust in those we work with continue to trigger us even when we are at a distance from each other. While some managers are confident and can lead remote teams without micromanagement, over-control and Big Brother supervision, some organizations and managers are unable or unwilling to do so.

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2. Toxic environment can go online

Because employees’ wellbeing is severely challenged by all the changes they have had to cope with in an extremely short time, many companies have realised that a ‘one size fits all’ solution to HR management no longer works and are starting to propose new benefits as well as personalised approaches.

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3. The role of technology and communication

Technology, communication tools and applications that have enabled us to stay connected and communicate synchronously and asynchronously have played a vital role over the last two years and have allowed many organizations to continue their activities without any particular problems.

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3. The role of technology and communication

Communication bottlenecks have shown us which positions and teams can really work in the online formula, but also which skills gaps exist. If we’ve learned anything at all, it is that we can adapt quickly. However, let’s not forget that there are a number of factors on which we are dependent: not all of us have a stable Internet connection all the time, 

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networks and systems fail sometimes, which brings us to the next point.

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4. The importance of cyber security

Given that so much of our professional and personal lives have moved online, data security plays an increasingly important role. A surprising number of banking institutions and social networks had to suffer in 2021 because of this, so it comes naturally that many organizations will be paying more attention to cybersecurity issues.

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