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The Buffer 2020 State of Remote Work Report

The 2020 State of Remote Work report, recently published by Buffer and AngelList in March 2020, along with concurring reports from the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times suggest that remote work options are indeed becoming the new normal.

According to the State of Remote Work report, the top two benefits for remote working relate to greater flexibility of where and when work can be done and better work-life balance. Of the 3500 respondents:

  • 98% of respondents like to work from home or work remotely at least some of the time
  • 97% would recommend remote work to others.
  • Only 3% indicated that they wouldn’t recommend remote work to others and they work at companies where there is a mix of remote and office-based workers.
  • 57% of respondents are full-time remote workers, 27% work remotely more than half of their time, and 18% works remotely for less than half of their time.
  • Home is consistently the number one primary work location for remote workers (80%).

Benefits of Working From Home / Working Remotely

  • The primary benefit of remote work is the flexibility that it allows workers. This has been the primary benefit for the last three state-of-remote-work annual reports.
  • Not having to commute is a top benefit to remote workers.
  • Remote workers are happiest when they spend more than 76% of their time working remotely.

The Biggest Challenges of Working From Home / Working Remotely – Collaboration, Communication and Loneliness

  • Over the past three years of putting out this report, the two main struggles that remain in the top three are the difficulties associated with collaboration/communication, and loneliness.

How to combat difficulties with collaboration/communication and loneliness

When sharing conversations and project planning in public forums such as Microsoft Teams, team members feel included, removing the feeling of being out of the loop.

Teams is a powerful collaboration tool that keeps your staff in touch with each other, no matter where they are via chat, video conferencing, screen sharing facilities, shared file drives (SharePoint) and Team channels to mention a few. However, there’s also a great layer of apps that add the spice required for building strong culture across on-premise and remote workforces. For example:

Praise app

Science agrees: People are happier and more productive when they get recognition for their efforts. Send acclaim to your employees and coworkers with Praise. Deliver in a chat, or for wider recognition, send it in a channel conversation. Revel in the good vibes. Users will be able to recognise their colleague’s contributions by sending various badges their way. ‘Leadership’, Team Player’ and ‘Problem Solver’ are just a few options. Check out how this feature works in this video created by the Microsoft Education team. Although this example focuses on usage within the classroom, the benefits around eliminating the feelings of loneliness or a feeling of being isolated when working remotely are great.

Celebrations app

‘Celebrations’ is a Teams app that helps team members celebrate each others’ birthdays, anniversaries, and other recurring events. It remembers special occasions of all the team members and sends a friendly message in all the teams selected at the time of event creation, to make the team members feel special on their day.

The app provides an easy interface for all the team members to personally add and view their events and also allows the user to select the teams in which the events gets shared.

Company Communicator app

The Company Communicator app enables you to create and send messages to employees over chat – reaching them where they collaborate. Utilise the Company Communicator App template for multiple scenarios such as new initiative announcements, employee onboarding, modern learning and development or organisation-wide broadcasts.

The app provides an easy interface for designated users to create, preview, collaborate and send messages.

It provides a foundation to build custom targeted communication capabilities such as custom telemetry on how many users acknowledged or interacted with a message.

Read here for more a more details on app templates for Microsoft Teams




By Leigh Robinson | 09 June 2020
By Leigh Robinson | 09 June 2020

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