Remote Workers Are the New Norm

If you have always dreamed of ditching the stuffy office space to work instead from home, a cozy café or a nearby co-work space, now is the time.

According to a recent study by workplace technology company Condeco Software, technologies have evolved at such a rate that they have changed the modern workplace more in the last 20 years than at any other time in history. From video-conferences to operational procedures, technology plays a large role in many aspects of working life today. It has allowed companies to become more flexible in everything from working hours to workload to location.

It has also allowed for more companies than ever before to offer remote work opportunities, and those opportunities are only increasing. Currently, 43% of U.S. companies offer remote work opportunities, and the same amount say they will be offering even more opportunities in the coming years.

Over half of the surveyed companies also said that they offer remote work as an option to retain employees, which goes to show its selling factor and interest to workers.

It has also become very easy to get a job as a remote worker. You can also search for work that is advertised specifically as remote. Some job search sites are dedicated specifically to remote work, such as:

  • Jobspresso
  • Working Nomads
  • REMOTE.CO

If you are thinking of asking to become a remote worker though, be aware that the type of work you do matters. Jobs that can be done over the computer are generally better suited to this kind of work. Editing, writing, graphic design and virtual assistants are some common options.

It is also easier to become a remote worker because companies recognize the benefits of hiring these employees. Remote workers often don’t receive benefits, which means the company pays less money into benefit plans. The workers are also often paid on a contractual basis, for completing a project or per-hour on a specific task. This means the company does not have to invest salary in a long-term permanent employee.

On top of that, millennials and Gen Z’s are moving into management positions and they are more likely than those before them to allow workers to work remotely. According to a Future Workforce 2019 study, 53% of these younger managers are finding it difficult to find the talent and skills they are looking for from the workforce when hiring permanent positions. Instead, they hire freelancers and remote workers to fill in for these missing skillsets.

Also, workers are happier when they work remotely—a benefit for both the employee and employer. Employees can create their own hours to a certain extent, which allows them to organize their home life in a way that benefits them. They are also able to work in a comfortable setting and choose their coworkers, making their work environment more enjoyable. This is also to the employers’ benefit, as happier workers are more productive, according to a California State Polytechnic Study.

For making employees and employers happier, could there be a better workforce trend than that of remote work becoming the norm?