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How long could your company sustain a completely remote workforce?

How long could your company sustain a completely remote workforce?

Top Comment: As a former digital nomad, I'm used to remote work with teams I have never met in person. However, made an interesting observ. View poll results (613 responses)

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1-3 months24%
Less than 6 months22%
Between 6 and 12 months16%
Longer than 12 months28%
We can't have a completely remote workforce11%
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Anonymous Author
As a former digital nomad, I'm used to remote work with teams I have never met in person. However, made an interesting observation, that my arguments were not understood before covid. That has now changed with the enforced experience of the past year. - Before covid: not a single day. - After covid: forever! And by the way, it's not a question of technology (that was ready since years), it's a question of mindset and leadership.
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Anonymous Author
We moved thousands of people across multiple campuses to work remotely in 2 days. Expect to see a productivity hit if people aren’t used to it. Be flexible as it takes time to get a cadence to WFH in these times. If you HAD the right culture and the appropriate technology, I believe the teams can be productive over extended periods. There may be little choice so the bigger question is, how are you going to get there?
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Anonymous Author
I'm not saying it would be easy, but I do think if we had to we could adjust to all remote on an ongoing basis.  I hope we don't have to!
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Anonymous Author
If you don’t include factory workers easily 12 months. However special engineering and scientific work is impossible remote. Who has a home electron microscope?
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Anonymous Author
All of our knowledge workers could remain 100% remote with the collaboration tools we have (Teams/WebEx).   However obviously all factory workers need to be on-site.  That is probably 40% of the workforce
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Anonymous Author
Luckily I migrated the entire business to Skype/Teams, O365, Git, Jira and Xero 10 months ago. We've all been working remotely for the last week without any clients realising.
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Anonymous Author
Higher Education is not as equipped to support a remote workforce like other industries I have worked in. It will take sometime to completely move the faculty/staff completely remote. 
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Anonymous Author
we really can't. We have too much security and restrictions on our activities. 
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Anonymous Author
We provide medical services, our physicians and staff are on the front line. We provide telemedicine solutions where  applicable. Our support teams are somewhat remote. 
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Anonymous Author
We can work remotely indefinitely, we have the infrastructure in place, home office replicate work office, i.e., take home computer and monitor.
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Anonymous Author
We've had a completely remote workforce for years now.
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Anonymous Author
Simple tools: slack, e-mail, calendar, skype. Short meetings scheduled at the start of the day so the rest is free to be productive. Most things aren't urgent and can be handled by e-mail or Slack if a discussion is needed. Skype is used for face to face contact. Slack / Skype is used not just for "company business" but for all the other usual conversations that would happen at work regarding things outside work and the world around us. You still need all of those for a company to survive. Occasionally we get together for lunch / dinner to catch up in person.
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Anonymous Author
Like other Education entities, completely remote is not feasible due to labs instructions being associated with a course.  That said, most of the employees, and a number of faculty can work remotely.  Currently we are using Zoom and Teams for collaboration and it works great.  Also, over the past 5 years we have been migrating most of the systems we access over to the cloud, so these become accessible from any location.  To secure access we have implemented 2FA.
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