Remote Workforce Trends

Are you equipped?

When the concept of remote work first surfaced in the late 1960s, it was termed “telecommuting” as this was the technology in place to connect those working remote with those in the traditional office.  The term has evolved with several iterations of the concept including: telework or working from home. Some additional terms on the scene today include: remote work, flex work, distributed work, mobile work, low-density workplace, work shifting, and smart working.

The phenomenon of working remote is changing our very conceptualization of work. There is a significant trend in the amount of people working remotely over the last decade. Even back in 2020, GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics reported that more than 80% of the U.S. workforce expressed an interest in working from home. As the need for remote jobs increase due to lifestyle and societal changes, more and more organizations are finding the benefit of remote work both for the worker and the organization.

Today, National polls indicate that 80-97% of U.S. workers say they will turn down a job if it doesn’t allow them to work remotely at least part of the time (Forbes, 2021; Bloomberg, 2022). As the nation’s workforce shifts to remote work, employers have discovered that neither they nor their employees are equipped for the challenges and opportunities that remote work presents.  

A basic need of humans is to find satisfaction in their work, and it is imperative to equip today’s workforce with tools they need to succeed as society continues to establish the norm of remote work. We created the PACE Model to help standardize  the idea of remote work and stay within the boundaries of best practices to keep their work life locally sourced, sustainable, and enjoyable.

Drawing from the latest research in management, productivity, organizational psychology, technology, and communication, WorkforceRemote.org has developed a robust professional development program to equip your employees and leaders for remote success.   

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References

Latest work-at-home/telecommuting/mobile work/remote work statistics. (2020). Global Workplace Analytics.com

Saad, L, & Wigert, B. (2021). Remote work persisting and trending permanent. Gallup.com

Shaw, W. (2022). Just 3% of white collar workers want a full office return. Bloomberg.com

Remote Workforce Needs

Let’s explore the necessity of remote work in the current era. Listen to the video or read the transcript below to learn more.

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Understanding Remote Work: An Introduction

You’ve probably heard the term “remote work,” but what exactly is remote work? Remote work is a business strategy that allows professionals to work outside of a traditional office environment. It’s based on the concept that some types of work don’t need to be done in a specific place to be executed successfully.

The Benefits of Remote Work Environments

Remote work environments can include airport home offices, hotels, and just about anywhere else that has an internet connection. You’re probably asking, “Why should I consider implementing remote work?” The answer is, you need to embrace remote work to stay competitive in the 21st-century business environment.

The Impact of Remote Work on the Labor Market

You probably know that Alabama is facing a labor shortage. The Alabama Department of Labor reports that the gap between available jobs and available workers is about 30,000 people. Today’s workers are looking at your job openings with new scrutiny.

Remote Work Preferences Among Job Seekers

Of these job candidates that you see on the screen, how many do you think would turn down a job that doesn’t include remote work? Forbes recently cited a study of US workers in which 80% said they will turn down a job if it doesn’t include some remote work. A Gallup poll places that number at 90%, and a Bloomberg poll places it at 97%. Now, whether the number is 80%, 97%, or somewhere in between, the point is that most workers don’t want jobs that require them to commute to an office every day.

Valuing Flexibility: The Remote Work Advantage

In one poll, nearly one-third of respondents considered the flexibility of remote work more valuable than increased vacation. To compete in the 21st century, companies must adapt to the 21st-century worker. It’s time to think differently about where and how certain types of employees do their work.

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