When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it forced companies to transition to a fully virtual workforce – and fast.

While remote working has become more commonplace in recent years, no one could have anticipated the launch of the world’s biggest remote working experiment in 2020, nor the impact this is expected to have on the future of work.

Speaking with leaders across a range of industries, a consistent theme has been the pace of change that has occurred in under 3 months — operationally in under 3 weeks— that would have likely taken closer to 3 years in normal circumstances.

The enforced shutdown of physical offices around the world, and the ensuing switch to remote working has required a pace and scale of business transformation never seen before. It has created a unique opportunity for businesses to demonstrate their ability to adapt under pressure, engage their employees and reinforce and/or enhance a culture of collaboration that is required to shape a new normal.

Inevitably others will have missed the opportunity, through poor leadership and/or organizational disfunction but this number is low and we have been impressed by how overwhelmingly positive the results of this survey have been in terms of large organizations successfully migrating their staff to remote working.

However, the transition has been so much more than just technology. While 75% of respondents agree that remote working will disrupt the paradigm of traditional working, we honed in on the transition phase to understand the learnings of this mammoth undertaking. We were also keen to understand what challenges companies face long-term, if they decide a large virtual workforce is to be the new normal.

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