Would you quit your job if they made you go back to work instead of staying remote? Would you leave your job for a similar position that was fully remote? The way we view a workplace has changed since the pandemic, and it won’t go back to normal any time soon. But what does this mean for those looking for jobs and dealing with new work situations?
People want to work from home.
A FlexJobs survey found that two in three people want to work remotely full-time after the pandemic has fully ended. Of course, some positions will require you to come in for at least part of your job, but remote work seems to be something that more people are considering when looking for their next job. Thirty-three percent said they would prefer a hybrid work model, while only 2% of people surveyed said they look forward to going back to the office full-time.
Cutting out the commute saves money.
But why don’t people want to leave their homes now? Well, the biggest factor is that remote work is saving a lot of people money. They don’t have to worry about the price of commuting, packing a lunch to go, or buying one on their break, and they are less likely to buy coffee. On top of that, businesses can save a lot of overhead by avoiding rent and office supplies.
People are enjoying their new work-life integration as well. You save a lot of time that you would usually spend commuting to get more work done or sleep in a little longer. You can more easily plan around your kids, pets or partners’ schedules and be around your loved ones more instead of away at an office. Working remotely also allows for easier ways to travel. If you can work from anywhere, you might as well make it tropical.
The silver lining: flexibility
So, will things ever go back to what they once were? Nope. Not completely. But each job allowing their employees more flexibility is a silver lining from the disastrous year 2020. At the end of the day, it’s all about finding a work situation that fits in with your lifestyle, and more people are finding ways to do so.