Remote workers. Work from home. Virtual Workers. We’ve all heard these terms used to describe employees not in a traditional/physical office setting. Prior to the challenges of 2020, these employees were “remote” not just physically but with less of a connection to their team. Remote meant distant.
The challenges of 2020 have created a corporate workforce that is, by the old “not in the office” definition, almost fully remote making the term “remote” seem overly simplistic. We are not distant, we are not removed, if anything this workforce is more connected than ever before. Time to ditch the remote and virtual preface. Instead – Agile. The Agile Workforce defined as resourceful and adaptable, with the ability, emotional intelligence, and skillset to work from anywhere. A workforce that quickly pivoted to a new set of workflows, technology, and teaming innovations.
It is looking more & more likely that many offices will delay their employees’ return. It is also becoming the new normal for many. With the ubiquitous of video conferencing, seamlessness of collaboration tools, and arrival of Virtual Reality, the technology is in place to align all our work experiences without calling out disparate locations or types of workers. We can develop more cohesion by adopting a term, and mindset, that recognizes our workforce as a whole. And that, all you [remote] readers, is Agile.