When most people think of business and management consulting, they assume that all meetings, phone calls, and exchanges are held in a physical location. This is not true.
Many years ago, the best way to consult one another in business was to do it in person, over the telephone, or exchanging letters through the local post. Today, virtual consulting is becoming an ever-important piece of a business strategy to succeed and grow. Although most initial client meetings were traditionally held face to face, the consulting work itself was typically performed off premise at either a commercial space or home office.
Remote work is a working style that allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment. It is based on the concept that work does not need to be done in a specific place to be executed successfully.
In fact, the job description "remote work," also known as telecommuting, telework, teleworking, working from home, and mobile work, came into prominence in the 1970s to describe work-related substitutions of telecommunication and related information technologies for travel. is a work arrangement in which employees do not commute or travel (e.g. by bus, bicycle or car, etc.) to a central place of work, such as an office building, warehouse, or store.
Think of it this way: instead of commuting to an office each day to work from a designated desk, remote employees can execute their projects and surpass their goals wherever they please. People have the flexibility to design their days so that their professional and personal lives can be experienced to their fullest potential and coexist peacefully.
There has been a cultural paradigm shift in what society deems to be an appropriate workplace - and remote work has capitalized off of that newfound freedom.
Today, with the help of virtual technology and collaboration tools, management consultants can meet their clients in person or virtually anywhere there is an internet connection.
Virtual Consulting (commonly known as remote consulting) provides the flexibility and convenience of having experts available at a time that is right for both to share. In some cases and more often now than not, timing doesn't matter much because a virtual consultant can be in a different location, time zone, or even a different continent. Through the advent of technology and collaboration tools, management consulting services can be available anywhere and at any time.
At Visionary People, we are harnessing the digital transformation of the COVID era and evolving. This paradigm shift is an important change in traditional best business practices. In fact, the COVID pandemic has disrupted creativity and innovation. The rapid spread of technology accelerated by the pandemic has led to a pressing need for organizations and their people to adapt. The pandemic has pushed societies to an inflection point where embracing technology is no longer an option but a necessity. With the right steps and actions, organizations can take the crisis as an opportunity to build for the future.
Amidst the COVID-19 crisis remote work, or teleworking, has proven a critical enabler of business and economic continuity.
Working from home and online shopping have become the new normal and that will reduce driving in the U.S. by up to 270 billion miles a year, according to new study by KPMG International.
The research conducted by KPMG International finds the cocoon culture Covid-19 has created is not going away -- even if a vaccine is made widely available -- and that will have potentially dire consequences for the auto industry. For starters, the decline in commuting will remove 14 million cars from U.S. roads, the KPMG study forecasts.
Reference: Work-From-Home Culture Will Cut Billions of Miles of Driving
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Reference: Work-From-Home Will Reduce Driving by 270 Billion Miles Per Year
As expected, the shopping is switching to online purchasing. Nearly three quarters of those surveyed (73.5%) reported that they are shopping online more now than they did prior to the spread of COVID-19. Moreover, nearly 9 in 10 (88%) said they will continue to shop online more even after a cure or vaccine for COVID-19 is discovered."
Reference: The Coronavirus Accelerates Online’s Destruction Of Brick & Mortar Shopping
COVID-19 has had a global impact, affecting all markets and businesses, leaving nothing unscathed. One particular category which has faced tremendous hardship is retail. With storefronts closing across the globe, retail brands have had to quickly pivot in order to survive the new marketplace.
In this quest, many retail brands face a difficult question when approaching the challenge brought forward by the crisis: Is our organizational infrastructure ready to handle new consumer consumption habits? Is your organization ready to handle this paradigm shift? Have you started to implement new best business practices to help aid your sustainability and growth?
Save 15% on our services by using our virtual services. Learn more about our Sustainability Program and and how we help you grow your business for less. Another reason why our clients love us.
One of the most touted arguments for remote work is the increased productivity that comes with its flexibility. Remote employees are more likely to put in extra effort in their jobs, going above and beyond to get their work done in comparison to in-office employees. According to the State and Work Productivity Report, 65% of full-time employees believe that working remotely would increase productivity - and their bosses agree. Two-thirds of managers who were surveyed reported an increase in overall productivity from their remote employees.
Remote Consultants are also great for our client’s bottom line. Due to the reduction of operating cost for consultants, our clients receive a discount for the services we provide. Our business is our clients' business, and our primary goal is to save them money, period. Plus, we rather work on our clients' projects rathe than being stuck in traffic. Remote work allows us to be more efficient as well as more effective. A win-win solution for both Visionary People and our clients. Ultimately, remote consulting allows us to establish a higher return for their investment in us by reducing our consulting costs. This also gives us a competitive advantage over our competitors.
Beyond profit margins and higher-quality, more efficient work, remote work helps keep consultants happy and engaged. Remote work is not just a flash in the pan for consultant engagement - nearly 75% of employees surveyed in a Softchoice study said they would quit their job for one that offered remote work. That’s something that will make business owners who are interested in quality service listen in a little closer. Here’s another: in a survey by TINYpulse, remote employees reported that they were happier than non-remote employees and also felt more valued within their role.
Renewed Passion for their Profession
Remote consultants tend to do their best work outside of the office. They are more inspired by their surroundings and can filter out environmental distractions as they see fit. In fact, the opportunity to work remotely alone brings a new perspective to a remote consultants’ position. They see it as motivation or a reward for their excellent work and are stimulated to continue to surpass their goals in order to continue living the lifestyle that they’ve come to love.
Whether you have a brick and mortar business or online retail store, Visionary People can help you identify opportunities that can potentially help you achieve your business goals, and we can do it almost anywhere. All we need is either an internet or telephone connection, our tools, and our expertise.
Contact us today and schedule either a phone call or virtual meeting with us so that we can discuss your business goals.
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