Radical changes in work-from-anywhere structures in both scale and kind will result in a new reality for nearly every organization that participates in the trend. More than most, HR departments will be tasked with reworking hiring, benefits, compensation, compliance and tax policies. A company with employees in 20 states, for example, must comply with 20 sets of employment laws. This change alone has implications far beyond yesterday's HR.
Cyber security is another challenge. With employees frequently changing their work locations and working over potentially unsecured consumer networks, the attack surface is greatly magnified. Fortunately, businesses that enable zero-trust infrastructures that rely on detection and response tools are better situated to prevent and handle breaches if they do occur.
Without daily in-person, in-office communication, new styles of management and communication are called for. Work assignments will need to be more explicit and outcome-oriented. Managers will increasingly play the role of coach and mentor. Remote workers can benefit from clear expectations for collaboration and better collaboration tools (and better training for those tools).
The new world of remote work is ushering in a revolution in technology, culture and business. It opens up talent pools for businesses looking to hire across the county, state, nation or even the globe. There's no question that remote work is here to stay. Businesses that keep up with the next evolution of remote work—the work-from-anywhere model—and build their technology infrastructure to support that model will be well poised to fully realize the enormous potential the model offers.
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