All signs point to the end of traditional offices as companies large and small opt for a new way of running their operations. With over 16 million American workers moving to remote working positions, what comes next?
For starters, it is clear that remote working will no longer be a perk that only a small percentage of the workforce has access to. Even major companies like Twitter have already announced that employees will be able to work from home permanently.
However, a survey from WayUp found that only 10% of recent college graduates believe they will be able to find a remote work position. More alarming is that respondents who identified as Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino were 145% more likely to feel concerned about finding remote positions than their White or Asian counterparts. The reasoning being that candidates feared their lack of access to high bandwidth internet and living in smaller spaces with more distractions.
The occupational segregation that continues to plague the United States could be widened due to these lack of resource, but it is up to employers to vet their own biases and find candidates that show the work ethic, experience and reflect the values of the company,
Promotions are also expected to become more data driven as online platform usage increases. Looking forward, organizations will likely review metrics such as sales figures, customer service scores and performance evaluations in order to determine whether someone deserves a promotion.