The number of organizations looking to extend the choice to employees to work from home is growing daily.

Remote work accounted for only 5-20% of the U.S. workforce prior to the pandemic. This percentage is likely to grow significantly as more organizations switch to a permanent full-time remote work model.

A recent Gartner poll showed that 48% of employees will likely work remotely at least part of the time after COVID-19.

This remote reset brings both opportunities and challenges for employees and their organizations.

“As organizations shift to more remote work operations,” Gartner said in its report, they will need to “explore the critical competencies employees will need to collaborate digitally, and be prepared to adjust employee experience strategies.”

Leaders will be asked to maintain high levels of employee engagement, and to create an environment where teams experience meaningful connection and sufficient structure to encourage continued productivity.

Leaders will be seeking continued professional development to ensure they have the skills and confidence to lead remote teams, as they and their teams interact in new ways.

Now is the time to develop strategies for thriving in this new environment.