The debate about remote working that took HR by storm in 2020 remains a top priority for HR and mobility teams in 2021. At an international level, mobility managers are pondering whether “virtual assignments” will be replacing traditional expatriate assignments.
Companies are making progress on implementing new guidelines, but the debate remains confusing. The lack of clear definitions is adding to this confusion. CEOs have been making vague promises about the possibility of “working from anywhere” without providing much detail. At the same time, employees who have been working remotely for months increasingly expect more flexible working arrangements. In the face of this rapid evolution, HR professionals sometimes struggle to keep pace with the remote working debate.
Words matters when talking to business leaders and employees. While there are no universally, accepted definition for all types of remote working, understanding what stands behind the different concepts is a first step to clarify the debate.