5 trends for remote and hybrid work in 2022

Since the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the working culture is changing faster than we have ever imagined. What started out as remote work is now transcending into hybrid work while newer disruptive trends such as metaverse are significantly influencing the way people work.

Remote work is consistently evolving into hybrid work, and businesses need to leverage the changing landscape in order to stand out from the competition. Here are 6 trends that help inform the changes we can expect in 2022 and beyond: 

  1. Dynamic cloud collaboration tools on the rise

As collaborations between decision makers, managers, means, and individual employees evolve, there has never been a higher demand for dynamic cloud collaboration tools. And in the race to offer industry-leading collaboration features, SharePoint Online is one of the cloud storage platforms that is taking the lead.

More businesses are moving from traditional cloud storage platforms such as Box to SharePoint Online to take advantage of the collaboration features of the cloud storage platform. Also, one of the reasons for companies moving to SharePoint Online and OneDrive is to take advantage of Microsoft Teams which is now the leading collaboration chat platform. 

  1. Cloud automation will improve operational efficiency

Automation technologies have evolved to streamline not just major business processes such as manufacturing and logistics but also regulate small-scale workflows. For example, Microsoft has a cloud automation platform known as Microsoft Power Automate which has the capabilities to automate everyday tasks such as sending emails.

What’s interesting to know is that Microsoft Power Automate has played a role to some extent in driving the migration from non-automated cloud storage platforms such as Dropbox to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business since the 2020 pandemic lockdown. 

  1. More focus on data security than ever before

Considering the fact that the cloud has now become the go-to work platform for businesses worldwide, the need for better data security will only grow in 2022 and beyond.  And due to the higher demand for better cloud security in terms of storage and collaboration, Google and Microsoft have gained a leading position with their respective cloud suites, Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), and Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365). 

  1. Metaverse will change the remote and hybrid work landscape

If there is one trend that is drastically changing the remote and hybrid work landscape, it is metaverse. One of the most crucial areas that metaverse will improve in the remote and hybrid working landscape is collaboration.  

And with improved collaboration, companies worldwide will be able to help their teams improve productivity and operational efficiency. By the end of the third quarter in 2022, newer metaverse-based collaboration tools will be available. Also, existing collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams will receive a makeover for integration within the metaverse. 

  1. Employee flexibility will be the topmost priority

Some of the leading global companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Apple are placing more priority on employee flexibility than ever before. And in 2022, many companies will follow suit to build a better and modern work culture.

As part of the switch to hybrid work, companies will focus on adding flexibility to work hours. Also, companies that focus more on evaluating employee performance by the results achieved will lead as trend-setters of workplace culture.

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