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With Covid-19 forcing businesses to close for months at a time, being able to work from home has been a lifeline for companies across the nation. Now more companies than ever are taking advantage of the wealth of new talent that working from home has opened to them. Fewer companies are turning down candidates because of their location, and more are putting tools is place to allow for remote working. Developments in technology have enabled roughly 64% of working Americas to work from home in recent months, which is up from only 5% pre-pandemic.
Going forward there is likely to be an increased amount of job seekers looking for home based work. And the benefits to companies are becoming very apparent. Not only will remote working provisions give them access to a whole new realm of candidates, but existing workers with the ability to work remotely are showing an increase in productivity. There have also been positive stats showing the decrease in staff turnover and business-related running costs. Because of this, we’re likely to see an increase in the number and type of employers that allow staff to work from home.
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Gone are the days when working from home was considered an incredible privilege. It’s no longer a matter of which sectors offer work from home jobs, it’s more a question of which don’t! Finding a job that allows you to work from home has never been easier. Popular sectors that are leading the remote work movement include IT, education, telecommunications, admin, design, and sales. Within these sectors, you can take on several different roles, ranging from assistant all the way to managing director.
Studies show that 40% more US employers offer flexible workplace options than they did 5 years ago, and 69% offer remote work on an ‘adhoc’ bases to most employees. Larger companies are most likely to offer remote working options, and they’re four times more likely to be offered to full-time workers than part-time. Popular companies current leading the work from home movement include: Amazon, Salesforce, VIPKID, Liveops, Transcom, Humana, UnitedHealth Group, Pearson, CrowdStrike, and Red Hat, with many more joining this home-based revolution daily.
To effectively work from home, you need to ensure you have access to certain things that your company may not provide you with. While the specific requirements may differ depending on the job role, the following are generally considered to be ‘must haves’:
- A fast, fully functional computer – laptop or desktop
- A phone with access to a work landline
- A fast, stable WiFi signal
- The company standard remote communication software for video call, emails, and messages
- A quite place where you will be undisturbed
- Noise cancelling headphones
For most, the above will be enough for them to take on a work from home job effectively. The rest falls to communication and productivity. Take advantage of any company used tools to keep you on track, and make sure you virtually chat to your co-workers on a regular basis to.
Working from home has a whole host of advantages, positively impacting not only employees, but employers, the economy, and the planet too. Here are some of the top pros…
- Better work life balance and a more flexible schedule
- Reduced commuter stress
- Location independence
- Improved inclusivity
- Money savings for both the employer and the employee
- Positive environmental impact
- Impact on sustainability
- Increased productivity and performance
These are just a few of the positive impacts that working from home can have, and they all contribute to a happier, healthier work life. In fact, the benefits of a work from home job impact so many things on a global scale that it’s sure to be the best path forward.
Of course, everything in the world has it’s pros and cons, and working from home is no different. Before deciding a work from home job is the best option for you, be sure to consider the following disadvantages…
- Reduced work community and teamwork
- A potential lack of motivation
- Unmonitored performance leading to over breaking
- Lack of office equipment and security concerns
- Increased distractions from a lack of good working environment
It’s important to consider that these disadvantages will not apply to everyone, and they are often points that can be improved upon. This is in contrast to the benefits which are proven to have a positive impact. While it is true that there are disadvantages, and they should be seriously considered, be sure to think about the ways you can prevent things like a lack of motivation, or reduced work community.