Transitioning To The Remote Work Economy (infographic)

By 2025 it's expected that 70% of workers will be working remotely at least a few days a week. The pandemic has forced many people who have never worked from home to do so, while also forcing many employers who would have never considered remote work otherwise to choose between continuing to operate or shutting down completely. Sometimes it takes a catastrophic event to force change, and this change is turning out to be better than everyone expected. It turns out that remote work isn't all that bad and it's probably here to stay.

Why Remote Work Is So Popular Now

Economically, it doesn't make sense that so many companies have been hesitant to adopt remote work. After The Great Recession, some companies began to allow select workers to work from home occasionally in order to save money. Having fewer employees in an office can reduce the cost of office space, utilities, and even coffee for the break room. And it has been proven that remote workers are more engaged in their work and have a higher tendency to stick around instead of going to look for work elsewhere.

What's more, having a remote workforce opens up the talent pool for companies so they are no longer confined by geographic location to find the right talent for the job. There are so many positives for remote work arrangements that it is a wonder more companies haven't adopted these policies before now.

Remote work is also highly beneficial to the remote workers. Cutting even a 15 minute commute from your life gives you back half an hour of your day, and the decreased costs associated with gasoline and car maintenance can really add up to give workers an increased monetary benefit, as well. Being able to work from home means not having to take time off if kids have a snow day, and it even gives workers more time with their families. There's also the benefit of being able to work anywhere, so even if you have exhausted all your vacation time already you can take your work with you and still participate in family trips.

The average monetary savings for full-time remote workers is $4000 a year in decreased work clothing and laundering costs, decreased transportation costs, and decreased coffee and meals out. Even those who work from home part time can expect to save upwards of $2000 a year.

99% of the workers working from home currently would like to continue to do so, at least part of the time. 95% say they would recommend it to others, and 55% of remote workers say they would look for another job if they were no longer allowed to work remotely.

Remote Jobs Are Available, Even Now

Even though the global economy is experiencing tough times, there are still remote job opportunities to be had. IT jobs, customer service jobs, education and training jobs, and more are out there waiting for remote workers to fill them.

Start by updating your resume and LinkedIn profile and make sure your social media presence doesn't contain anything that might turn off potential employers. Job interviews have shifted online, but the same rules apply when it comes to dressing professionally and being on time. It's also important to do a tech check to ensure everything is working properly before you have your interview.

The way we work is changing, and these changes are likely to stick around for decades to come. It took a catastrophic event for these change to take place, but once we all saw we were better off the changes didn't seem so bad after all. Learn more about the future of remote work and how to apply for remote jobs from the infographic below

Remote work is growing in popularity, and as companies find that workers are healthier and more productive at home more positions will stay remote as the pandemic passes. This infographic outlines the benefits of remote work for both workers and companies as well as how to begin a job search for a remote position.

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