It started with Wi-Fi access and boomed! Then the work life balance generation came on strong, and now COVID-19. Working remotely, although not a new concept for some of us who's role requires travel, has exploded and is now a necessity due to the recent pandemic. Companies went from an average of 80% of their workforce required to operate in an office environment (on-prem), to 100% remote in an instant. IT teams should be commended for facilitating the process so quickly with some having limited resources at their disposal. Nonetheless, the biggest challenge now is that what, companies thought would be a temporary setup is not going away anytime soon. Some Silicon Valley organizations are instructing their workers to work remotely until at least the late Fall timeframe; Google plans on keeping workers remote until as late as October of 2021 and potentially longer.
Covid-19 is forcing unprecedented numbers of people to work from home. This new way is putting a strain on organizations in terms of revenue, and productivity is taking a hit.
There are folks out there that are used to remote work...they have their workflows, their tools, they are savvy enough to know how to get around common issues with bad internet connections, finding quiet places to work, etc. But I want to talk about newly remote workers.
With the pandemic outbreak of Coronavirus affecting countries around the globe, the IT world has been affected like most other industries. And one of those areas within that industry that has been greatly affected is the trade show community.