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The Rise of the Remote Workforce
If we have learned anything in the last year, it is that remote work has brought with it a new way of working. While many have sour opinions of remote work life, many are up and leaving their jobs if they don’t allow some flexibility around it. Given that there was a global pandemic, remote work had to be adopted in many industries that could support it. Without it, many industries would have suffered much greater loss as a result.
Why is remote work so appealing or not so appealing for others?
Whether it was home situations, having the kids home during workdays, juggling mundane tasks with business meetings and more. The result of all these combined made for a very challenging time for some who were WFH. Along with the struggles of technology, lack of regular in-person communication, and being in a physical office, this all made for a difficult 2020 working situation.
For others however, it was a breeze. Working from home allowed people to save their commute times, complete other mundane tasks on breaks, and be more productive than they might have been previously. So while many had their struggles, some were living their best WFH lives.
What does this mean moving forward though?
Remote work is here to stay
Many employers plan on keeping hybrid/remote work models in their future. This will allow some people to work in their offices, while others work from home. Many HR managers are trying to exercise their options in this scenario. According to Robert Half, 34% of hiring managers note that the biggest benefit of this work structure is the retention of employees wanting flexibility and work-life balance. They also noted the biggest challenge would be engagement and productivity among team members.
From the workers standpoint, Accenture had survey results of 83% of workers said a hybrid model would be optimal. According to their results, workers felt they had better mental health, stronger work relationships, and a better overall feeling throughout the pandemic.
Flexibility is #NowTrending
63% of high growth organizations are enabling the work-anywhere business model, which is making it a popular choice as a trend. Along with that, 85% of respondents noted that feeling productive anywhere with a company went hand-in-hand with long-term employment.
High-growth companies are acknowledging that flexibility is best for workers after the crazy year. Additionally, employees are more likely to be comfortable in situations where that flexibility is granted. Given this fact, it is clear to see that the future of hiring is flexible and remote.
One of the critical questions they pose is “What unleashes a person’s potential, allowing them to be healthy and productive, regardless of where they work? Below is the spread from the respondents answers and you can clearly see that many are on either end of the spectrum.
What does this mean for hiring managers?
The time for flexible working is now! It seems wise to go along with the trend of hybrid work, especially as many as 9.3 million employees leaving their jobs in the spring of 2021. Workers are looking for better work-life balance along with their work-from-home opportunities.
If your company is open to these sorts of opportunities, this is a great place to start to lure in top talent. Making these apparent on any job listings or job posting sites could prove beneficial for hiring efforts.
As a result of the pandemic in 2020, remote work has become the topic of concern on many worker’s minds. With many people given the ability to potentially return to work in the future, most are opting to have choices. Those they have the flexibility are also found to have a better overall mindset and feeling towards their work-life balance.