Remote work is here to stay but in a different shape and form

It’s been almost two years now; the pandemic forced us to abandon workplaces and work from home. The information technology industry was the front runner in adapting to the situation and making most of it.

Today, we see a decline in COVID-19 cases; countries vaccinating population at record levels. As a result, prominent tech companies are starting to call back employees to their offices.

It’s a great time to reflect on the situation, whether to consider remote work as a temporary adjustment in a crisis or the next big disruption. Whether to go back to well studied, tried, and tested way of working from the office or stay ahead of the curve and embrace a fully remote culture.

We at Vikreed are in the same situation; we assessed our last two years and observed a couple of trends. There are two sides to the coin, and that’s what our analysis also says.

At the start of the pandemic, we struggled a bit to get things in place. But we were accustomed pretty fast as we were working with clients from different countries, occasionally we worked with freelancers from other parts of the world.

Over time, we observed that some departments need a physical presence in the office to bring back needed efficiency. That includes the core tech and infrastructure team. At the same time, we observed that the sales and marketing team could manage the work remotely. Having a remote, distributed team eases operational costs too but hinders the company’s culture building processes.

For people, remote work saved commute time, which they wisely spent with their family. However, in an Indian family setup, it is difficult to find a separate place to set up an office. Along with that, electricity fluctuations, lack of power backups, and internet stability disturbs them and breaks the flow.

We are working on how to set up the hybrid remote model. Each company’s leadership and values are different, so there will not be one fit for all solution. Each company needs to figure out its way of managing part-remote setup.

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