It is interesting to note that the increasing appeal of remote working is leading many businesses, including those that are perceived to be 'traditional', to quickly adopt flexible and remote working options for their staff as a recruitment, engagement and retention tool. It is likely that this trend will continue as remote working becomes a default expectation for parts of the workforce. Employers will need to plan carefully to ensure that remote workers enjoy their flexibility as well as feel part of a collaborative and 'joined-up' working environment. Considerations around system security will also be paramount.
Employees are looking to work for companies with missions that reinforce their values, and "flexible schedules and work-from-home options" are increasingly a high priority for millennial employees in comparison to previous generations, according to Gallup. As a result, organizations are having to shift how they manage and optimize performance, and remote jobs are expanding into a variety of unusual career fields that haven't seen this kind of work in the past.