The labor market has undergone a revolution this year following the Corona plague and the limitations of social distance, and changes in the labor model we have been discussing for decades have accelerated to the top of the business agenda. Some organizations have just rethought their structure while others have made permanent changes with the help of setting up virtual offices. Today many organizations and their employees are at a crossroads regarding their continuation.
A new study by VMware revealed a 41 percent increase among workers from the European region who see remote work as a given and not a benefit. This figure climbs to a rate of 53 percent among Generation X members. This is according to a new study conducted among 2,850 business executives, human resources managers and computer managers from this area. The study was conducted by research firm Vanson Bourne for VMware, a leader in innovative enterprise software.
According to the study, the workplace revolution has created workers who do not want to return to the old work structures and appreciate the flexibility that the new way of working offers. “Forward-thinking companies will need to meet the demands of employees for split work and lead a culture of trust to strengthen employees’ creativity and create a work environment that is not based on a face-to-face meeting,” they said.
More from the data: More than three-quarters (76 percent) of survey participants believe personal relationships with co-workers have improved, 66 percent felt an improvement in self-confidence that allowed them to speak in video sessions and 69 percent said their stress levels dropped. 30 percent felt an improvement in morale and 34 percent felt an improvement in efficiency. Furthermore, 67 percent of participants indicated that recruiting new employees became easier, especially in the case of working parents (83 percent) and candidates from minority groups (68 percent). When it comes to innovation and formulating new ideas, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) agreed that innovation now stems from unnecessary places in the organization compared to the past.
Despite this, more than four out of ten (41 percent) decision makers who participated in the survey were concerned that their team would not remain task-focused while working remotely. More than a quarter (28 percent) also felt that their managerial culture discouraged working remotely and more than half (59 percent) felt pressure to work outside of regular business hours. “These factors point to the need for a change in traditional managerial thinking and routine of action,” the study authors said.
“In the last six months, organizations have had to quickly adapt to new workflows with a new concept of work,” said Yaron Razinski, VMC’s Regional Director at VMware. “And we continue to innovate in this area.”