Why Working Online Now Feels Just Like Being in the Office

Remote work is becoming the new norm for more employees than ever before. This shift took off during the pandemic, when many were forced to work from home. Back then, organizing effective remote work was a major challenge due to insufficient technical infrastructure and a lack of necessary skills.

Over time, these technical issues have been resolved, and people have come to appreciate that, in many fields, remote work can be more convenient and efficient. Consequently, even after the pandemic, many continued to work from home. Initially, the differences between office and remote work were stark. However, advancements in technology have gradually bridged these gaps, making them less noticeable and less impactful on productivity.

Let’s dive into the key tech tools and services that have made quality remote work possible.

Video Conferencing

One of the biggest challenges in remote work was conducting meetings, conferences, and negotiations online. This was tricky because it required finding the right platform, selecting a suitable subscription plan, coordinating schedules, and maintaining the same level of engagement as in-person meetings.

Not too long ago, options for online meetings were limited. Now, however, group video calls can be made through many communication apps, including messaging platforms. Some services even offer these features for free. Over the past few years, employees have honed their remote communication skills, maintaining high levels of efficiency.

Vage Zakaryan, Head of Development at Gem Space superapp, notes, “The ability to conduct group calls is one of the most useful features in communication apps. This service enables seamless communication with remote team members. Connecting a large number of users simultaneously opens up opportunities for online education, conferences, and other events. With additional features like presentation sharing and moderation, this service fully replaces face-to-face meetings.”

Large File Transfers

Remote work involves constant material exchange, often including large video files. While this is generally manageable with modern internet speeds, many messaging apps impose file size limits. Today, most applications allow file transfers of up to several gigabytes, and some have no size restrictions.

Additionally, messengers can function as storage for large files. 

Tom Wally, Director of Communications at CDBand LA, believes that modern technology allows all business processes to move online: “The shift to remote work has become a trendy trend. Companies justify this by citing cost savings and environmental benefits. Indeed, this work format saves energy, transportation costs, and much more.”

Services for Creating Workspaces

For work communication and project management, both built-in services in messengers and specialized applications and programs are suitable.

In these digital communities, you can create group and individual chats based on project topics, add users, and send out notifications. When setting up a work community, it’s convenient to divide employees into separate chats by department. You can also store and send work files and organize video meetings.

Over time, this format becomes second nature, and employees barely notice the difference between traditional and remote work. In fact, they find more advantages in working from home, such as saving commuting time and having more time for hobbies and rest.

It’s likely that this trend will continue, with more people working online in the future.

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