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Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic it is estimated that only 6% of the US workforce worked remotely. Due to the pandemic that number jumped to a high of 70% in April 2019.

There are benefits to remote and/or hybrid work models for both business and the workforce.

What are the benefits on the workforce side?
  • Remote employees save an average of 40 minutes daily from commuting.
  • Since 2020 people have been meeting by video calls 50% more since COVID-19.
  • After COVID-19, 92% of people surveyed expect to work from home at least 1 day per week and 80% expected to work at least 3 days from home per week.
  • 23% of those surveyed would take a 10% pay cut to work from home permanently.
  • People are saving on average close to $500 per month being at home during COVID-19. Resulting in savings close to $6000 per year.
  • 81% of those surveyed believe their employer will continue to support remote work after COVID-19.
  • 59% of respondents said they would be more likely to choose an employer who offered remote work compared to those who didn’t.
What are the benefits of remote working for employers?
  • Surveys show companies save an estimated $11,000 per year savings per remote employee.
  • Geographic boundaries removed allow for a larger talent pool to fill positions
  • Lower absenteeism rates
  • Office “Politics” reduced or eliminated
Why don’t people want to return to a traditional work model?
  • Change in daily routine: 27%
  • Being away from family or pets: 26%
  • Office politics and distractions: 34%
  • Childcare or caregiver responsibilities: 15%
  • Lack of health and safety measures (i.e., wearing a mask, social distancing): 32%
  • Being required to adhere to health and safety measures: 21%
The negative impacts to business:
  • The belief that workers will slack off if “no one is looking.”
  • Employers are afraid employees are more likely to engage in improper behavior while working from home, such as visiting inappropriate websites.
  • Employees might misuse company equipment or information.
  • This kind of distrust often results in many employers trying to monitor their employees who work from home.

While this “new normal” has both positives and negatives there is also a serious risk associated with remote work. Removing a secure network environment can have unforeseen and potentially wide spread and costly consequences.

  • Phishing Schemes
  • Weak Passwords
  • Unencrypted File Sharing
  • Insecure Home Wi-Fi
  • Working from Personal Devices

Cybersecurity spending is expected to increase at a double-digit rate in 2021, driven primarily by the need to enable employees to work from anywhere. Gartner is forecasting worldwide spending on information security and risk management technology and services will grow 12.4% to reach $150.4 billion in 2021.

The long-term impact of a remote or hybrid workforce will be reviewed and analyzed for years but one thing has already emerged as a result, “…. what we’re seeing in the data is a shift in people’s mindset post-pandemic.” This new remote/hybrid work model has changed the landscape of employee – employer relationships. The 2nd quarter of 2021 saw the highest number of US workers voluntarily leaving their jobs as business started to reopen. The workforce has readjusted their priorities. Even workers who are not able to do remote work are feeling empowered to ask for more in terms of work-life balance. It would appear that a mutually beneficial relationship has taken a back seat, for now.

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Laptop computer with project management workflow on the screen showing several employees working

Imagine working in a company with over 300 employees and 15 different departments whose only way of communicating is through email. Imagine if one important email was accidently deleted which led to multiple departments having to redo hours of work. These types of situations happen quite often in many companies that lack project management systems. With so many to choose from, what are the 3 best project management systems to use?

Trello

First, there is Trello. “Trello is the easy, free, flexible, and visual way to manage your projects and organize anything, trusted by millions of people from all over the world.”

Trello has a basic plan and a premium plan in which you can pay for, but since they have so many features in their free plan, a lot of companies can freely use Trello’s services to organize their team projects at no cost. Trello also allows your company to have unlimited amounts of people make an account to manage one project. This means a team of 100 people, could all have their own login account and be segments into smaller teams to create and execute different project flows through Trello. Since Trello has an application for Android and Apple, project management can be controlled from access of your phone anywhere. Project Boards are the base features which Trello offers. The great advantage of these boards is that the team lead can create unlimited boards and create a private board for themselves. These boards include features like To-do List where you can check items off, set deadlines, add documents, assign names to projects, and get notifications once a project is complete via email. Trello’s private and public board feature makes it so the user can interact on a public team board while they also have their personal projects on their private board. Even though Trello has a ton of features on the front-end, Trello’s third-party company named, “Power-Ups,” provide dozens of plugins that add even more desired features to your project board. The list of features Trello has to offer is extensive, but with their being so many options out there, it really all comes down to opinion and preference.

Wrike

Next on my list, is Wrike. Wrike is a digital work management tool that lets users track and coordinate projects, combining a simple user experience and interface with enough depth for power users. Unlike Trello, Wrike has a time tracking feature where users can keep up and get data collected for time spent on a project. Another great feature this software has is the reporting tool. This tool allows businesses to receive information about important projects from multiple teams. Budgeting and cost can be very important to most businesses, so Wrike’s budget feature was created to help companies track cost and send out alerts while comparing and collecting data.

Monday

Last on the list is Monday. This project management system allows companies to create and manage their own applications and work management. This software allows you to create team projects by organizing everything in a grid style layout. With many color- coded choices, you can create an interactive To-do list and mark task complete when finished. Monday even has an alert function, that will notify you even when not using the software.  When managing a team, Monday makes it easy for the manager to watch and control their team’s workload and rearrange as needed.

Monday has a lot of the same features Trello has but its free version is only a 14-day trial period and then you must pay for the software.

Constantly working on multiple client projects, we at A3 Media organize different projects through the Trello Project Management system. Each project has its own Trello board, and each team first lays out the project and adds each team member to the specialized project on the board. Since Trello has an alert feature which notifies when a job has been completed and ready for the next department, all communication is simply done through Trello. At A3 Media, we strive to make sure each job is done correctly by making sure each internal process is organized and creates a high-quality product for each of our clients.

Written by:
Arielle Adams
Digital Media & Graphic Designer