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Expansion of Remote Teams: What Drives It Forward, and How Is It Shaping the Future of Project Management?

COMMENTARY

By Andrew Filev 

California, USA
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Today, as many as 83 percent of workers in organizations from SMBs to Fortune 500 corporations regularly deal with remote collaboration. This is one of the most remarkable findings of our survey that we ran with 1,000+ respondents, ranging from team members to business owners. When I shared the survey results at PMI Global Congress and several other events, the questions of remote collaboration brought up an interesting and stirring discussion. In addition to the survey stats, this discussion was another clear sign of how hot this topic is for the PM community.

So where do distributed project teams stand today? Where is this trend heading, and what drives it forward? What do workers like and dislike about collaborating across distances? Let’s find the answers in the survey results.

Remote project collaboration on the rise

Having greatly increased in the past few years, virtual collaboration will continue to expand further. 43% of our survey respondents said that today they work remotely more than they did 2-3 years ago. Looking into the future, two-thirds of respondents believe their work might go fully virtual in the next few years. And 25% predict a shift as soon as just a year or two. There’s strong evidence that these predictions are to be taken seriously: as the survey showed, this isn’t any abstract fortune-telling, but rather people’s aspirations. 

Benefits of remote collaboration for organizations and workers

There are a number of powerful advantages that drive the growth of remote work and inspire people to predict even faster growth mentioned above.  If we look from the organization’s perspective, the benefits include the opportunity to hire talented workers regardless of geography, a “round-the-clock” workday, reduced costs, increased speed to market (product localization is a good example), and more. In our survey, we also asked employees themselves about what they value the most in remote work. The top three answers were time savings (41%), increased productivity (29%) and the opportunity to focus on work, rather than office politics (10%).

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About the Author

andrew-filevflag-usaAndrew Filev

Wrike 

Andrew Filev is the founder and CEO of Wrike, provider of popular project management software. He is a seasoned software entrepreneur, project and product manager, and advisor to several fast-growing ventures. Andrew’s views on project management, business and technology are reflected in his Project Management 2.0 blog and his guest posts in tech and business media.  You can reach out to Andrew via his LinkedIn page at www.linkedin.com/in/filev.

About Wrike

Wrike is a leading solution for making multiple projects complete in co-located and distributed teams of any size. It enables them to schedule plans collaboratively, distribute the workload easily, and coordinate efforts in real time. Thousands of companies from 50+ countries rely on Wrike in managing their day-to-day work. www.wrike.com