50% of the U.S. population now works remotely, making it a standard work practice no longer associated with startups. 2019 will further reinforce this shift and create more unique trends for this ever popular work method.
Employers of remote workers will start expecting more advanced technology skills. Professionals will need to have general tech knowledge such as web design, social media management, and more. Companies will seek out employees who are comfortable with digital tools, even more so for remote workers.
Companies will also encourage remote workers to come into the office at least once per week to address mental health issues that can be attributed to the loneliness of remote working. A Gallup poll saw that employees that do so are more engaged and fulfilled in their work.
Another remote working trend that is expected to take off is companies focusing on cybersecurity. Many large companies have been victims of cybersecurity attacks, so smaller employers should make more of an effort to increase IT security by restricting access to sensitive data by workers using public Wi-Fi.
Employers should also address the lack of trust their workers have. An E&Y survey found that less than half of global professional trusted their employers, boss, or colleagues. Working remotely without access to regular company updates can make employees feel excluded and could undermine their role in the company. The same survey found that unfair employee compensation and lack of leadership that does not promote collaboration also contribute to low trust.
Upwork found that 78% of HR managers said that work skills will become more niche in the next decade. Therefore, employers should be encouraged to find talent with specific skill sets instead of generalized knowledge.
FASB and IASB accounting standards are changing as of January 1, 2019 in the U.S. which will affect every company that leases commercial real estate. Companies should start looking at telecommuting options for workers, while boosting employee rates by more than 10%, according to Gartner.
Employers should also extend training for remote staff in the new year. This allows remote teams to become more engaged with one another and the company itself.
Gen Z grew up in the prime digital era and will make up 36% of the workforce by 2020. Due to their internet-heavy society, they are bound to seek out more flexible workstyles as well as become stiff competition in the job market.
Additionally, digital nomads will most likely start finding new places to work out of thanks to the growth of hotel coworking spaces that has the amenities of an office combined, with the hospitality of a luxury hotel.
Overall, remote working will grow even more in the new year. Companies are recognizing the benefits and retention of remote workers, while realizing that millennials and Gen Z are seeking to adopt a more flexible workstyle.