The Future of Remote Work: Predictions and Trends to Watch

The Future of Remote Work: Predictions and Trends to Watch

Since the onset of the global pandemic in 2020, the world of work has experienced seismic shifts.

Overnight, companies and employees had to adapt to a new work-from-home model, which was initially perceived as a temporary measure. However, as we move further into 2023, it's clear that remote work has become a lasting paradigm​1.

But what does the future hold for remote work? This post will dive into some of the upcoming trends, changes, and predictions in the remote work industry.

The Data Speaks for Itself

One of the most compelling arguments for the continuation of remote work is the data. Numerous studies have shown that remote workers are, on average, significantly more productive than their office-bound counterparts.

According to Owl Labs' review of remote work in 2021, those working from home were 47% more productive, spent 10 minutes less per day being unproductive, and worked one more day a week.

This productivity boost is attributed to fewer distractions like office politics and interruptions from colleagues, and the elimination of daily commuting​1​.

Where Are We Now?

As the pandemic situation evolves and vaccines have become widely available, companies have adopted various approaches to work arrangements. Some have continued with remote work, others have issued a back-to-the-office policy, while others have opted for a hybrid work model.

Interestingly, back-to-the-office policies have often met with resistance, as many employees have grown accustomed to the benefits of working from home, including better work-life balance and reduced commute stress​1​.

2023 Work Environments and Expectations

In 2022, Millennials became the largest generation in the workforce, bringing with them a completely different outlook on work compared to previous generations. Most Millennials prefer remote work and won't even consider a job if it doesn't offer at least some remote work.

This is due to several factors, including their value on a comfortable work environment, flexible work schedules, and a healthy work-life balance. As long as Millennials are the majority in the workforce, it's safe to say that remote work will continue to be a prominent feature of the work landscape​1​.

Preparing for Remote Work

Companies need to prepare for an increase in remote workers if they haven't already. Failing to do so may risk them falling behind their competitors and missing out on promising young talent. To prepare, companies can set up a centralized information system, train everyone on how to use the same messaging platform, and optimize job postings for remote positions​1​.


Remote work isn't going anywhere. Companies should either already be adapting their working environments or preparing to adapt, as remote working demands will likely only increase from here on out. As we look to the future, we can anticipate the continued evolution of remote work and the opportunities it presents. The future of work is here, and it's remote