Why Higher Remote Working Rates Should Be One Of The Things We Keep After The COVID-19 Crisis [Infographic] – Forbes - Freelance Rack

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Why Higher Remote Working Rates Should Be One Of The Things We Keep After The COVID-19 Crisis [Infographic] – Forbes

It’s hard not to become disheartened, depressed and disgruntled by the near constant barrage of bad news concerning the spread of COVID-19. People have been latching onto some positives amid the pain, however, whether it’s improved air quality in major cities or the skill and tenacity of the healthcare workers on the frontline. One key trend has emerged in the background and it has been largely overlooked – namely the swift and efficient transition most office workers made in order to do their jobs from home. That has to be one of the key changes society keeps and indeed embraces in the post-COVID-19 world and these are the reasons why.

The infographic at the bottom of this piece highlights some key results from the 2019 State of Remote Work Report released by Owl Labs which shows why U.S. remote workers did their job away from the office last year. Better work life balance was the top reason cited for working remotely by the survey’s respondents at 91%. Increased productivity/better focus came second with 79% while a desire to avoid commuting came third with 78%. Saving money and financial reasons is also one of the top reasons cited in the survey and it may turn out to be a key factor when the world recovers from the pandemic.

Remote working is a luxury that isn’t available to all workers of course but it could help solve some serious and obvious problems in the years ahead. Why would an employee working in an office in New York City or San Francisco fork over the bulk of their pay in rent to do a job in an office which they are perfectly capable of doing elsewhere? Millennials have been devastated by two “once in a lifetime” crises – the 2008 Financial Crisis and COVID-19. Increased trust in the workforce and allowances to work from anywhere would lead to people moving to places where property is actually affordable. Forget that $600,000 studio in the Bay Area and go rural if your job allows it.

Along with prompting people to move to smaller towns and villages, embracing the current home office/remote working dynamic would also allow wealth to be more evenly distributed. The emergence of online meeting tools like Zoom may prompt companies to conduct more of their business virtually in the future, resulting in environmental benefits. Allowing workers to do their jobs from home would also remove a considerable chunk of the morning and evening rush hour, yielding even more benefits for the planet and relieving some of the pressure on our crumbling infrastructure. Despite the gravity of the current crisis, a possible solution to several others might well be hiding in plain sight.

*Click below to enlarge (charted by Statista)

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