During the global pandemic, our entire workforce was forced into major shifts to shield itself from the disastrous effects of Covid-19. Millions of workers who had the ability to work from home suddenly found themselves creating home offices and adjusting to work-from-home life. Although many workers are now able to return to the office, both large and small companies saw tremendous benefits of allowing employees to stay remote. Here are 5 reasons why remote jobs are now becoming the new norm.
Whether you work for yourself or for a company, working remotely gives you more freedom in general. From dress attire to location to schedule, working remotely has changed the entire face of the 9-to-5 office job.
Why is this important? As we are now learning, happy employees mean more productivity. In the past, the looming threat of being fired was once the primary source of motivation for many employees. However, motivation from fear is not the same as motivation from genuinely wanting to contribute quality work towards a company’s mission and vision.
Having freedom from business casual attire, dry cleaning bills, transportation expenses, and lack of sleep is one way in which employees are finding more happiness in their positions. Happier employees who are well-rested, comfortable, and less stressed typically mean more creativity, more productivity, and more consistency in their work.
While we all have the same 24 hours in a day, not all of us have the same help during those 24 hours. Many business owners are juggling multiple positions at once – Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Finance, and possibly more. Small tedious tasks in each of these areas can add up to hours of work before you even realize it, slowing down progress and creating headaches for many business owners in the process.
The value of Virtual Assistants is quickly becoming realized by many small business owners. Virtual Assistants are no longer limited to just answering phones and emails. Their skills have expanded to web development, social media management, video and audio editing for platforms like YouTube and podcasts, bookkeeping, copywriting, and graphic design.
Finding a Virtual Assistant who has two or more of these skills is an even better value for many business owners, as they are able to save dozens of hours each week by paying a Virtual Assistant to take over. Courses like 90 Day VA are offering hopeful Virtual Assistants highly valuable skills to the delight of many business owners who have reached their capacity.
A few years ago, it wasn’t common for the average person to fully comprehend the idea of working from home. Holding a 9-to-5 job was normal and expected, and anything “work from home” related was usually thought of as a scam or MLM business.
Because of the global pandemic, remote working jobs have become a norm in our society. With tech jobs being some of the primary remote positions that can be performed at a computer from anywhere in the world, many people now want the freedom and flexibility that jobs in technology can give. As well, companies are now able to see how remote positions benefit their employees and their bottom line.
In general, the workforce is demanding more flexibility in every sense of the word. From the hours they work, to where they work, to what they work on, many employees have now had a taste of this level of freedom and do not want to return to “normal.”
In July 2021 alone, 4 million Americans quit their jobs. “The Great Resignation” is a term that was coined for this massive shift in employment, and analysts have had to dig deeper to understand why employment numbers have dropped drastically all at once. Some data shows that mid-career employees are driving much of these changes, meaning many established employees simply want change.
Simply put, people don’t want to live just to work. The idea of waiting decades before retirement can cause a mental strain for many employees. The flexibility remote work provides can help mid-career employees avoid burnout by allowing them to make the life changes they have been putting off for many years. From relocating to traveling to spending more time at home without a daily commute, a remote job can provide much greater flexibility to employees.
As an employer, you can always “force” an employee to attend a meeting, meet a deadline, hand over a deliverable, or work overtime. But when you dehumanize an employee to the work they perform instead of valuing their time, efforts, and contributions as people, you create a contentious, resentful work environment. No matter how much work is completed by a resentful employee, it will likely never have the quality of work that was performed by a happy employee.
Remote jobs offer employees the freedom from many aspects of an in-office job they seek to avoid, with micromanagement being one of the top relationship-destroying habits. Freedom from a particular dress code, sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, long commute times, and other restrictive settings can contribute to overall unhappiness in the workplace. Not every employee works in the same way, and humanizing an employee beyond their work means recognizing and embracing these differences in each employee.
If you’ve wanted to work from home for years but never thought it was possible, take heart in knowing that the tide is shifting for many employers who now understand the benefits of remote working positions. If you haven’t already, you can join our FREE Facebook group, Screw the Commute, and network with thousands of other employees who are also seeking to ditch the office job and create a location-independent lifestyle for themselves.