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- research FlexJobs found that the number of people working from home in the United States increased by a staggering 159% between 2005 and 2017.
- Business communication tools like Relaxed Y. Zoom You made it possible for employees to continue working on projects together.
While large companies laying off workers and filing for bankruptcy make the biggest headlines, the dramatic shift in our culture towards working from home is the real business story of this pandemic. The transition has certainly had its ups and downs, but the growing adoption shows that this is a trend that will almost certainly shape the future of work.
The transition started before 2020
While COVID-19 restrictions sparked an abrupt change, working from home was already accelerating. research FlexJobs found that the number of people working from home in the United States increased by a staggering 159% between 2005 and 2017.
Much of this growth can be attributed to freelance work. survey Freelancing in America 2019 from Upwork found that the number of Americans starting their own business increased from 53 million to 57 million between 2014 and 2019. Younger generations were particularly likely to participate, with 40% of Millennials and 53% of Gen Z contributing to the economy.
The technology that made teleworking possible certainly played a role, but so did attitudes towards the workplace in general. In particular, the flexibility in terms of hours and location is seen as an important advantage that has already driven this transition.
The effects of the pandemic
Still, the pandemic sparked a transformation never seen before. A survey by Global workplace analysis found that 97% of North American office workers worked from home more than one day a week, even though 67% had not previously participated in remote work.
While the news tended to focus on struggling parents while sharing a room with kids who were home after school, the survey data paints a different picture. 86% of respondents said they were fully productive when working from home and actually had fewer interruptions than when they were in the office.
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This is a positive sign, as economic uncertainty, as well as the ongoing need for social distancing, have resulted in many companies maintaining a remote workforce for much longer than originally intended. Facebook has significantly extended remote working for all employees through July 2021, with the expectation that many will continue to work this way permanently.
Most businesses value adaptability during these transitions. As contributed by Kara Hamilton, Director of People and Culture Smartsheet In an interview with SHRM it says, “It is also crucial, whenever possible, to make a personal choice. The pandemic affects each individual differently. Offering opportunities to get to know employees at their comfort level, for example through the continued ability to work from home, therefore offers considerable support in the event of uncertainty.
What does that mean for the future?
The growing demand for work from home could dramatically change where, when and how people work.
In a recent email conversation Liran Rosenfeld, founder of the Costa Rican community of Coworking YoKo VillageHe stated, “With the pandemic and the economic uncertainty it brings that is forcing so many people to work from home, we are witnessing a massive exodus from the big cities. People are realizing that they can keep their jobs or look for new business opportunities while living in a less stressful place and being more productive. They can live anywhere and have the lifestyle they want. “
The increased demand for remote working could even have an impact on what we prioritize in our homes. As just one example, a report from USA today noted that interest in backyard sheds has increased 400% since the pandemic began, with an emphasis on “premium” halls that can be converted into home office spaces.
All the signs suggest that working from home can be a temporary step for some. However, many hope that this will be an integral part of their working life. The study of Global workplace analysis As quoted above, 76% of American workers want to work from home for at least a few days each week after the restrictions are lifted.
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In addition, a survey of company executives in PwC found that 89% expect “many” or “most” employees to work remotely one or more days in the week following the pandemic. This will create new challenges in the workplace as companies adapt their offices to a hybrid model that accommodates these changing preferences.
Working from home doesn’t mean employees can’t communicate or collaborate. Business communication tools like Relaxed Y. Zoom They have enabled employees to continue working on projects together and participate in the normal social interactions that can be found in a traditional office setting. While the future will be different, it will not necessarily be isolated.
Whether you are an employer or a potential entrepreneur, remote working has the greatest potential. When you are better positioned to live the lifestyle you want and eliminate a multitude of office and travel expenses, working remotely can ultimately lead to a happier, more financially successful career future.