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How the Future of Remote Working is Taking Shape

over 1 year ago by Luigi Muscat Filletti
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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought companies across a multitude of sectors worldwide into adopting remote working policies for their workforce. With this practice now becoming customary given the sufficient time for employees to get familiar with their working behaviours when working from home, experts are now anticipating that remote work will only evolve further, becoming more widespread and necessary.

As a result, companies in Malta now seem to be more optimistic with regards to remote working possibilities for their people down the line.

This is very relevant for jobs in Malta, wherein remote working opportunities had been seeing a steady growth prior to the pandemic and are now believed to become an established method of working for all. Given the context of the current situation, companies who were once slow adopters of providing remote working options for their people are now better evaluating its advantages, and in so doing, realising that remote working offers significant benefits to both a company’s growth as well as the wellbeing of its people. As a result, companies in Malta now seem to be more optimistic with regards to remote working possibilities for their people down the line.

Remote workers are continuously being bombarded with remote working best practices, tips and techniques to maximise workflow and productivity, seemingly serving as short-term solutions. As much as this is all well and good, one must consider the high probability of remote working becoming the norm, with companies enforcing greater flexible working for their people beyond the crisis. This implies that remote working is sure to see a shift from being a temporary solution to a permanent measure, and this can most certainly be achieved through effective communication and discipline. Upon the news of the crisis, companies had to react fact to ensure that their workers are well prepared to carry out their tasks and responsibilities remotely. This meant that companies had to deal with a handful of potential obstacles, such as lack of equipment and broadband access, incapable softwares and insufficient cybersecurity features which would have been handled smoothly had there been a heads-up beforehand. Before they knew it, organisations which were not previously accustomed to remote working practices took a dive into the deep end, and only now understand that remote working is not simply an option, but a necessity for today’s professionals, particularly those in Tech.

The possibility of on-demand talent has only been given a more impactful stance now that remote working has embedded itself in our working culture.

It is true that Tech talent is indeed amongst the greatest knowledge-based area of workers, demanding high levels of skill and competence as well as flexibility and adaptability in the digital age. Software Development jobs in Malta and Data Engineering opportunities had and continue to see a confident rise within the remote working world, as these areas of skill are amongst the most sought after for remote teams worldwide. The possibility of on-demand talent has only been given a more impactful stance now that remote working has embedded itself in our working culture. It is no longer tech companies that are making the most of these freelance professionals, but rather, various other sectors worldwide are now increasingly recognising the need to acquire top talent to strengthen their teams and maximise their capabilities. Moreover, given the current and upcoming economic hit, remote working is not only a talent solution, but also a cost-cutting one. Besides providing employees with greater flexibility and widening of their own talent network, companies which onboard remote workers are also adopting cost-effective practices.

It is no simple task, however, to make a swift transition to remote working. This is especially so for large organisations who must consider the structure and nature of their workforce. Through this pandemic, companies were forcibly made to adapt in order to survive and are now understanding the value of remote working from a business perspective and employee perspective. It goes without saying that first and foremost, employers must have dedicated great time and effort to aligning management practices and methods of communication.

Additionally, finding suitable tools to ensure that KPIs are effectively met is a crucial point too. Hard skills are put to the test front and centre, as in a remote-working world, it is the end result which truly counts, with the how’s and when’s falling within the flexibilities of the remote worker and the trust and loyalty they share with their employers. This gives rise to the continuous importance of up-skilling opportunities and the options for them to be carried out through live online sessions for extended audience reach and more importantly, flexibility constraints. The future of continuous learning is also evolving further given the context of our time.

On the other hand, it is also important to keep in mind that soft skills should certainly not be abandoned in the case of remote working. Enhanced communication is paramount for remote working professionals in order to ensure precise understanding and vision alignment between them and their employers. Strict monitoring of employees does not enforce greater productivity, so it becomes beneficial for remote workers to display excellent interpersonal skills to assure their employers that they can be trusted.

The human element is certainly still present in these remote working environments, albeit that the social interactions experienced in the office are reduced through such flexible working options. This is seen through the strong ties shared with company culture. Firstly, Tech companies in Malta, particularly those in the iGaming sector, have been true innovators with regards to utilising culture as a means of growth. Employees who lead desirable working lives, feel appreciated by their supervisors and are respected through and through, find it easier to synchronise with the culture the company lives by. By transcending this culture into the remote working world, companies can be sure that their people will follow suit.

The importance of culture in a virtual working environment increases, as remote workers must feel engaged and connected at all times. From virtual happy hours to meet-ups outside the office, companies can still make up for reduced social activity in the workplace by organising events outside of it. Furthermore, this is certainly a great advantage which remote workers and their employers in Malta have over their international counterparts. The ability to work remotely in Malta for a company based in Malta still provides the opportunity for companies to organise events for their people due to the close proximity. This opportunity should be embraced by companies who wish to keep their cultures going and bring extended value to their people outside of the working environment.

Remote working is set to become a common practice for companies across all sectors to the extent that ‘remote work’ will no longer be a term, but rather, a standard embedded in the core of all company operations. As a result, companies will be more decisive, dynamic and cost-efficient, their cultures will remain true to themselves and will be adapted to the ever-developing contexts of the employees of the digital age. Necessity drives innovation, and sectors worldwide will grow to comprehend just this for the employees in relation to remote working, now and beyond the pandemic.