The pandemic thrust the world into a trial-by-fire adoption of a distributed workforce. While many companies had already instituted portions of remote work and distributed teams, many others saw it as a future digital workplace that wouldn't arrive for decades. As the world shut down and time dragged on, employees began seeing the value of increased flexibility with work. With strained supply chains and a depleted workforce, companies began rethinking how they defined the work environment.
As workers instantly moved to remote workstations, companies faced a critical question: How do you network remote employees into a truly distributed workforce? While every company is still defining its strategy, the first step to creating a plan for remote work and distributed teams is to understand the difference between the two. All remote workers are distributed, though not all distributed workers are remote.