Even though companies like Amazon have opted to return their workers to the office and some have set a date for the disappearance of teleworking, Forbes’ forecasts point in another direction: more than 24% of the working population, which is equivalent to to 1.87 billion people, will choose to work remotely in 2024. A number that will skyrocket in 2028, when it is predicted that 73% of a company’s departments will have an employee working remotely.
Despite the doubts raised by its appearance on the productivity of workers, teleworking has proven to be very productive. The key to this efficiency seems to lie, according to the portal Tendencies, in what is called “asynchronous” or “non-linear” work, an approach that changes the way employees who work remotely approach their tasks and which, as they explain, involves working in a team, but forgetting the conventional and linear timetable inherited from the industrial revolution. Asynchronous work therefore allows employees to organize their schedule, in order to maximize their productivity and improve work-life balance.
One of the benefits of asynchronous work is taking advantage of the energy spike of workers who start working early, to take a break during the least productive hours and resume the day once they have regained their focus. This flexibility allows them to perform consistently.
In addition, the absence of noise in the office significantly contributes to improving concentration and therefore productivity. Communication becomes more concise and effective in an asynchronous environment, minimizing distractions such as chat messages. Avoiding face-to-face meetings also becomes another advantage.
However, the success of asynchronous work largely depends on each person’s responsibility to complete their workday.