Remote work is here to stay; What does this mean for the travel industry
When March 2020 came along, and the world started to close in on everyone due to the Covid-19 pandemic, office workers worldwide had to adapt to a new way of working; working from home (WFH). A considerable shift in how people used to operate had changed and has now changed forever. As the world slowly begins to reopen, most companies are deciding what the post-Covid workplace will look like. While some organisations are itching to bring their employees back into the office, others opt for hybrid models or stick with full-time remote work.
Mike Schibel, the founder of Travel with Meaning, told me when I interviewed him in late 2020, “People choosing 2021 and beyond to remote work, I think it’s phenomenal, and I believe in it. I think that is something that helps people grow, it opens their eyes to innovation professionally, but my hope and my plea are that people do it from an intentional standpoint.” We discussed the lack of time off Americans get compared to people in the U.K. or Europe and how remote work can change the way for the better for Americans.
Of course, not everybody will want to work remote, and this isn’t to say that you won’t be seeing your work colleagues again, just that the 9 to 5, Monday to Friday being in the office business model is one for the history books. Inevitably, whether businesses like it or not, remote work is here to stay. We are going through another industrial revolution. So what does that mean for the travel industry?
Why it’s a win-win situation for everyone all around
First of all, remote work isn’t just good for employees — there are significant advantages for employers. One being the access to hire people nationwide or worldwide. An employee not having to enter an office building means the organisation has access to a larger talent pool. As for the employees, it allows them to have a bit of a work-life balance. Even though you might be working throughout the day, working remotely from anywhere can only be good for your mental health. And that is the critical factor — being happy to…