The COVID-19 virus has been a boon for remote companies and services.
Microsoft Teams is reporting a 110% increase in just four months, and directly attributing this to the surge in demand for remote work spiked by the Corona virus.
Zoom announced in February they had signed up more users in 2020 than in the entirety of 2019 (that’s more than 12 months worth of users in less than 2 months).
My own nascent startup, Sellcrowd, a global sales hiring marketplace focused on work from home sales roles, has seen a tenfold increase in recent weeks.
Working from home is now reality for companies and workers everywhere, and it’s driving a huge increase in revenue for any company facilitating remote work or delivering goods and services remotely.
Think ecommerce, fulfilment, media, video streaming, software and more. It’s a very small bright spot in an otherwise sea of bad news, and companies will need to adapt fast and even take advantage of it, or it could be curtains for them.
Remote Working as the New Norm?
In 2019 and 2020, with fires raging across the planet and now the COVID 19 virus, the global debate has centred around whether we are now entering a new normal of ecological disasters becoming an increasingly regular occurrence.
In business, the debate will shift to whether the remote work practices we are all now developing might possibly continue as the new norm once COVID 19 has taken it’s fill.
There could certainly be many advantages for business if that is the case.
For instance, companies are able to cover more time zones with remote workers, and meet with more customers by embracing video sales meeting software such as Zoom or OkayLetsMeet.
Many studies have also shown that people who work from home are happier and more productive.
When companies discover lower travel and energy consumption costs, increased use of technology, reduced absenteeism and dare-I-say-it, even increased productivity, is it possible that companies and workers won’t go back to working in an office?
Time will tell, but there is one other benefactor from the reduced commuting and travel, which is the environment.
The COVID 19 Crisis is Reducing Pollution
Is COVID 19 the spark that not only changes the way we work but in the process saves the planet?
Telecommuting and remote working has long been lauded as a great way to reduce carbon emissions and reduce our impact on the environment.
In the USA alone, more than 30% of carbon emissions come from transport, and aviation contributes 2% of all greenhouse gas emission globally.
With the daily commute in sharp decline and planes grounded in many countries, the planet is collectively taking a breath while satellite images are showing massively reduced pollution in pollution hotspots such as China.
COVID 19 is the deadliest virus the world has faced, but it’s quite possible it will be the tipping point that mainstreams the telecommuting revolution, and with it increased productivity, worker happiness and positive environmental impact.
And it might even be here to stay.
I know it’s a difficult time out there at the moment, but if any companies are looking to hire salespeople or grow sales, please get in touch. Sellcrowd is seeing an incredible lift in talented salespeople registering on our platform, and we would like to help as many of them as possible generate an income, particularly if they’ve lost their job.
At Sellcrowd, we’ve invented mechanisms for hiring salespeople on a flexible basis, coming from a viewpoint that it’s too arduous and expensive to hire salespeople full time all the time, and that being the main reason why companies don’t hire more.
So try hiring a salesperson on a flexible basis, and scale their hours as their results and pipeline grow. You might be surprised with the results.
Ps… it’s free to post a job.