Remote job listings have nearly tripled since 2020, and are showing no signs of slowing down.
However, the path towards a remote future isn’t so cut and dry — global events, environmental factors and shifting employee expectations are predicted to impact the future of work.
So what should workers expect from incoming remote work trends?
For starters, remote work is no longer seen as an anomaly. Instead, employees expect to have some type of flexible benefit and in fact, 80% of those forced to work from home during the pandemic now have plans to become hybrid employees.
Next, because of the time saved from working from or near home, productivity will remain high for a variety of reasons.
For instance, a study shows that remote workers spent 30 more minutes exercising compared to in-office colleagues, meaning that these professionals have more opportunities to nurture their wellbeing which inevitably enhances the quality of their work.
Because of the spike in remote work positions, the competition for talent is expected to also ramp up in the next year.
This is largely due to a candidate’s ability to expand their horizons and find jobs that aren’t geographically restricted. By opening up the talent pool to nearly the entire world, the race to hire top professionals will tighten and give these employees an upperhand.