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Shattering remote worker stereotypes

Sharon Florentine | June 16, 2017
Contrary to popular beliefs, remote workers are more empathetic, desire human connection and pick up the phone more than their in-office counterparts.

 

The workplace of the future

Remote and flexible work options also are a great recruiting tool especially for younger workers, says Jim Kruger, chief marketing officer, Polycom.

One of the keys for creating the workplace of the future is offering flexible working policies -- this is a major competitive differentiator when you're hiring. To attract top talent, particularly when you segment the market and look at recruiting and retaining millennials and Generation Z, according to Kruger. "That's a hugely important factor they consider when they choose where they work. And companies are starting to understand that; 73 percent of companies from the survey offer flexible work arrangements, and I think that's being driven by millennials and new generation workers coming into the labor force," he says.

 

Enabling empathy

The research also uncovered how collaborative technologies have made employees more empathetic and helped them build better coworker relationships, with 98 percent of respondents saying collaborative technology has made it easier to get to know, or build relationships with co-workers. Nearly half say they know their co-workers more personally thanks to video conferencing and two-thirds of respondents say their "favorite" colleagues work in a different location.

Ninety-five percent of respondents use collaboration technology to connect with their coworkers and over one-third use that technology multiple times a day, the survey shows. In addition, 90 percent say collaboration technology improves productivity between teams in different locations.

"If you aren't offering remote and flexible work opportunities, you might not be reaping all the benefits of better productivity, better talent, and even greater engagement and connection," Kruger says.

 

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