Remote working trends in the COVID economy: Study

Remote working in Australia: Study

Asia-Pacific digital conferencing companies are seeking to capitalise on the continued shift to remote working technologies, with an industry survey showing 80 percent of Australians believe face-to-face meetings will decline when they re-enter the office in the post-Covid economy.

Research commissioned by the Australian digital events company, Redback Connect found in organisations with more than 1000 employees, 88 percent of respondents believe remote meetings will dominate, compared with 63 percent of respondents in companies with up to 15 employees.

Remote working technology companies have seen a boon amid the coronavirus social distancing requirements – best characterised by teleconferencing company Zoom, which has seen a huge increase in profits and has doubled its annual sales forecast, driven by a surge in users.

Redbank’s Australian survey mirrors trends found in a global World Economic Forum study, which found that 98 percent of people surveyed said they would like the option to work remotely for the rest of their careers, but also showed that workers found the biggest challenge was ‘unplugging’ from work.

Redback says the independent study, which surveyed a nationally representative panel of 1000 Australian employees who have been working from home during the pandemic, indicates 86 percent identified problems with remote meetings to date.

Redback Connect Founder, Jeff Downs says the research reveals many companies have had issues rapidly moving their operations online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“While video and teleconference meetings ensure physical distancing, our research reveals that poor meeting management and technical difficulties can sometimes defeat their purpose in this current climate,” he says.

The survey also found 38 percent of respondents say remote meetings should be more purpose-driven, while 36 percent say they should result in clearer actions for all attendees and better progression of projects. 

Almost a third surveyed insist all meeting participants need to be focussed in the meeting – not just some attendees. 

While 27 percent of respondents believe all key decision-makers need to be present in the meetings.