Is working remotely merely a trend or will it become mainstream in the future? The the recent explosion of growth in remote job opportunities, working remotely is more popular now than ever.
Pre-COVID Remote Working
Even before the 2020 pandemic that forced many people to work at home, interest in remote jobs was already steadily growing in popularity. The big tech companies such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook had remote job opportunities for a select few workers. However, there were thousands of smaller companies that fully embraced remote working, with a fully remote workforce. In the future, the number of full-remote companies will only grow substantially.
The Digital Nomad Movement
There was a time when all workers were expected to attend their daily duties at a physical workplace such as an office. But as computer-assisted automation took over all industries by storm, digital software solutions quickly began to replace human labor.
Many jobs are now digital, allowing professionals to use software in order to write content, edit videos, produce music, manage inventory and more. With modern software, a small team of workers can serve millions of online users per day through the blazingly fast automation of modern internet technology. And with the abundance of powerful internet-capable devices, remote workers can collaborate with each other remotely from anywhere in the world.
The future is digital. With so many jobs being automated via technology, it is paramount for modern workers to be technically savvy. For remote workers, it’s not only important, but required.
Impact of Remote Working in Future
Millions of remote workers already currently experience the benefits of remote working. But if businesses continue to transition to a fully remote workforce in the future, then we will see transformative impacts to the world’s industries and worker lifestyles.
Less Traffic Congestion
With no need for remote workers to commute, that means less cars on the road. One day, we might be able to say bye-bye to the 8AM rush hour traffic congestion that we’ve come to know and love.
Less cars on the road also means less carbon emissions into the atmosphere and less dependence on the oil and gas industries. We know that the future will inevitably spell the end for oil and gas- one way or another.
The growth of EV (electric vehicle) cars is slowly helping to reduce dependence on oil and gas, but if workers have no need to commute at all, then most if not all vehicle-related expenses could be completely swept away. No insurance. No gas or battery charging. No repairs or maintenance. A lot of money and time saved. A simpler lifestyle. It’s one of the strongest benefits of working from home.
We could then rely on ride-sharing services and public transportation for the occasional trip. The money that would be otherwise spent on vehicular expenses could now be redistributed as savings, making it easier for workers to build a financial safety net. In the future, the average lifestyle will likely be more minimalistic and frugal.
Better Physical and Mental Health
When people can work from home, time is freed up from not needing to commute. That personal time can be spent on family and friends, hobbies, or exercising- instead of inside a car. This results in improved health.
Workers have the flexibility to work where they feel most comfortable and productive, instead of being force to work in a specific office environment. Workers can be judged more on their performance instead of how much time they clocked in. Ultimately, this leads to higher employee satisfaction and company loyalty.
Over the last 100 years, there has been an increased focus on improving working conditions for employees. This trend will likely continue into the future, possibly even supported by workers’ unions.
Remote Working in 2021 and Future
With the COVID-19 vaccine being quickly distributed to citizens around the globe, the economies of the world will soon return to full operations and more job openings will spin up. These new jobs will consist of both standard on-premises jobs as well as remote jobs.
There are thousands of companies currently hiring for remote jobs, including:
- Collage.com – Sells customized photo frames and other products
- PartnerCentric – Marketing agency
- Automattic – Creates WordPress plugins
- Close.io – Sales CRM platform
- Zapier – Personal automation platform
- InVision – Digital product design app