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With many employees working from home, there is bound to be that feeling of isolation and loneliness especially to first-timers and this could be detrimental to their performance. It is necessary for people to feel connected to their organization, co-workers, and even the world outside. 

The advent of the coronavirus pandemic this year has drastically affected our lives in many ways. This does not change the fact that the way we act, live, and consequently work has indeed changed since the outbreak of the virus which of course has led to employees working remotely. Though working from home isn't new to us, a survey shows that 47% of people living in Canada work remotely. 

Without much ado, Michelle Thomas is here to throw more light as to why work from home is fast becoming not only the current but future trend in remote work. This article seeks to expose many to this idea. You can view her profile here.

Most employees are no doubt happy working remotely even if it means that they have to work from home until 2021. Before going into these trends, let's see why work from home is the future. 

I. Higher Pay with Lesser Expenses: Recently, statistics show that in over 180 countries, remote workers tend to earn higher than traditional office goers. These days, most remote workers are freelancers who can conveniently take more than one task or project based on their area of expertise and duration needed to execute these tasks. This in turn will definitely increase the amount of money they earn in a month as compared to the fixed amount earned by their office counterparts. 

Also, there’s no need to travel to and from work which is a plus on their savings and a reduction in the amount of money spent on transportation fares, gasoline, and car maintenance. 

II. Recruitment: Employers have a plethora of choices to select the best candidate from anywhere in the world for a job without worrying about relocation packages. And so, they are no longer restricted to hiring local professionals, especially if these locales do not possess the required professional skill set. 

III. No need to travel long distances: There is a lot of stress associated with long-distance commuting which in the long-run will have an adverse impact on the efficiency and productivity of an individual. 

IV. High Level of Employee Productivity: The level of productivity gotten from a remote worker cannot be compared to those gotten from their office colleagues. This is due to the fact that, remote workers 
  a. do not go through the stress of a daily long-distance commute
  b. work from the comfort of their homes
  c. could literally wear anything to work except during video meetings.

Work from home is the future of remote working and it is fast becoming the new model for a lot of businesses out there today. The remote work trends 2020 has been increasingly evolving since the beginning of this year due to the virus. 

These trends will help both employees and employers to better understand what it takes to work with a remote team and still be as productive as though they were in a traditional working space.

Cybersecurity 
Though remote work has lots of advantages as mentioned earlier, this is only made possible by ensuring certain security measures. Since the majority, if not all of the time, an employee is connected to the company's servers via the internet, there is a chance whereby the company's servers are hacked through an employee's device and this hinders workflow and productivity. 

Hence, the IT unit has to make sure certain firewalls are placed and there is a timely change in the employee's password so as to checkmate any form of a data breach. 

Flexibility
There is a great possibility for employees to be able to better manage their time, work, family and still enjoy other activities like a poker game at winz.io casino at the same time still being 100% productive. All these done right from the comfort of their homes. 

This means that there are no fixed working hours as not all remote workers are able to work at the same hours as it's being done by their office counterparts.

Remote socialization 
With many employees working from home, there is bound to be that feeling of isolation and loneliness especially to first-timers and this could be detrimental to their performance. It is necessary for people to feel connected to their organization, co-workers, and even the world outside. 

One of the major ways to keep in touch is by holding regular video meetings not necessarily for business dealings but also for the purpose of interacting with each other. Remote socialization is therefore necessary so as to enable everyone to bond better even beyond the working environment. 

In conclusion 
There is research that shows that one is less prone to sickness when working from home and as the society is evolving, it is unarguable that working from home is the new normal with lots of benefits to employers, employees, and  society in general. 

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