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Remote working will be the new normal
Our experience with remote working during the recent health crisis was just the beginning. With the rise of virtual reality and robotisation, we are on the eve of the next revolution. Remote working from anywhere in the world will be the new normal in the near future.
Just imagine: your head office is in Amsterdam, but your employees live in France, Germany, India or China, and they always check in at the workplace by means of virtual reality. This future scenario is less futuristic than it seems.
At this moment, it is quite hard to create a real team spirit when everyone works at different locations. Even video conferences are not even close to brainstorm sessions or presentations, while the team is physically in the same room with a cup of coffee and some biscuits.
This is all going to change with the rise of virtual reality, at least that's what we expect. As soon as the software is further developed, it will be possible to walk through a virtual office, attend meetings together, sit round the table with colleagues and even go through the latest office gossip at the virtual coffee machine.
It is one of the countless technological developments that will not only take our work by storm, but also companies' HR policy. The consequences for recruitment and selection of new staff will also be significant.
What will be the consequences of the newest technological developments for the recruitment industry?
Companies already develop things in that direction, for example by taking care of so-called Shared Services Centres, which provide services to multiple offices in Europe or throughout the world from one location. An administrative employee or an IT person would then no longer work from one and the same office, but would call in from a location in Barcelona or Germany, for example. The main difference is that no one would physically work from the same location in the future. That would lead to entirely new dynamics of which we don't know the exact consequences yet.”
What are the advantages for the employers?
However, the biggest advantage for companies is that they will have a larger group of talented people at their disposal. In a virtual work environment, it would be a lot easier to deploy this talent
What challenges will companies face in the future when recruiting suitable candidates?
The biggest challenge is that the playing field will become so large that companies no longer see the wood for the trees. So when you start recruiting suitable candidates all over the world, where would you start?