The future of remote work
In 2020, the world faced a big shift from in-person work to remote one due to the COVID pandemic. By 2025, about 70% of the employees will be working remotely at least 5 days a month (Castrillon, 2020). 2020 became the year of remote work, and we can also witness this trend in 2021.
So, what does it mean for the job market? What can both employees and employers expect in the future?
- Fewer office spaces. The opportunity to work from home means that there is no need to rent as many office spaces as before. Moreover, the space that is going to be needed, considering that more than half of the workers will stay at home, is much less than it used to be before the pandemic.
- Remote work becomes permanent. As 2020 has shown, the effectiveness of working from home can be the same or even higher for some industries. Therefore, if this tendency will continue, it will not only lower the work budgets but will also transform the whole job market.
- Communication on distance. Many companies stated that remote work requires more engagement, as, unfortunately, it became more difficult to notice professional achievements. As a result, employers will have to put more effort into their performance. Moreover, as communication is mainly done in emails, video calls, and other online tools, it is much harder to evaluate engagement as much as it becomes harder to perform it.
- Evaluation of engagement. Because of the changes described above, many companies are changing their requirements for employers. In particular, they became less strict on the hours of work that people should perform, but instead, they rely on the number of specific tasks that employers complete.
- Cybersecurity. As the world has moved towards online communication, it became extremely important to keep all of the information safe. That is why companies make sure that data is secured effectively, putting more effort into the protection of their workers and organizations overall.
As we all are facing major changes in the job market, it is important to track the new tendencies that take place nowadays.
Learning to quickly adjust to these shifts will benefit you as both a potential employer and employee.