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Workers Search for Jobs with More Remote Flexibility

September 05, 2017

When it comes to applying for a job, certain criteria is put on the forefront as one continues the search. For some, health benefits and a 401K is essential while others look for the highest paying salary. But, that is all changing with the constant technological evolution and a big attraction for a job is if it allows you to work from home or the local coffee shop. No longer do employees want to sit at a desk in-house at an office but rather have the freedom to telecommute and be remote, according to Fuze research.

“The writing is on the wall: remote-work preferences are creating a new work paradigm whereby employers must provide flexible work options to attract top talent and acknowledge how and when employees work best. As remote work continues redefining the modern office, it will be critical for businesses to arm teams with the right platforms to communicate and collaborate, as well as for leadership to create a culture that embraces remote work with the right expectations and values. Let’s face it, the traditional desk is headed into extinction, and it stands to be replaced by a need for a flexible work environment, portable technology, and virtual collaboration options that enable workers to stay connected anywhere, anytime,” according to Fuze’s CEO Colin Doherty.

Based on a study of 10,000 IT leaders, workers, and teenagers, it appears that there is an overwhelming belief that the only essentials needed to get the job done are a smartphone and a laptop. 83% do not feel that they need to be in-house to be productive while 85% claim that the concept of being able to work remotely is a major draw. In 2016, 60% of businesses began a remote incentive, which is up 20% from the last 20 years. This means that the best hires can literally come from wherever in the country, as long as they have the ability to connect.

Edited by Maurice Nagle