The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of work. With more employees working from home, companies had to quickly transform their digital infrastructure to accommodate the trend and support remote work. Even after the pandemic is over, the changes will be long-lasting. Moving forward, software companies need to have the digital infrastructure as well as the policies and procedures in place to enable their workforce to work efficiently and safely no matter where in the world their employees are.
Today, given the prevalence of ubiquitous, secure networking due to the emergence of the Internet along with the growth of mobile technologies such as lightweight laptops, cellphones, wireless connections, and handheld tablets, most employees can work from anywhere as long as there is an adequate corporate infrastructure to support sophisticated remote work. Information technology (IT) has long had a history of supporting a distributed workforce. Also, many technology companies have embraced the philosophy of the Results-Only Work Environments (ROWE) which stipulates that a company ought not to be concerned about where employees are or what they are doing as workers are meeting the expectations of their job. As a result, working from home, or the gym for that matter has gained wider acceptance.
Still, for employees outside of IT, remote work was more the exception than the rule. But, now that the COVID-19 pandemic is upon us, anybody who can work remotely, is working remotely.
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