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A Look Ahead at Remote Work in 2019

Feb 25 , 2019

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Remote work continues to grow as an in-demand part of the work environment for many jobs and companies. Gallup reported in 2017 that 43 percent of workers they surveyed spent at least some time working from home that year, and most employers agree that this number is likely to grow even more in 2019. Forbes expects that remote workers will be the majority by 2027. Here are some of the forward-looking trends for remote work in 2019.

A Plethora of Tech Tools

The development of many different technology tools has made remote work easier and removed some employer objections that previously existed and prevented more workers from taking advantage of a remote option. Tools to manage workflow, remotely collaborate with team members, and measure productivity are readily available, and have been proven to boost productivity rather than hinder it.

Rendering Some Workplace Behaviors Obsolete

Some experts believe that remote work is now affecting on-site employment in profound ways. Face-to-face meetings could soon become rare even when team members don't telecommute, for example, thanks to new online meeting tools that started with remote workers and are now spreading to average teams that might not be in the same place at the same time for a variety of reasons. 

Stress? What Stress?

Studies have shown that remote work is less stressful for employees. There's just something relaxing about working in a comfortable environment you didn't have to fight traffic to get to, where you can accomplish tasks with fewer distractions, dress comfortably, and maybe even knock out a few household chores on your breaks so you don't have to do them later. Employees with lower stress levels are bound to perform better and benefit your company in the process. 

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Holding On to Boomers

As older workers begin to embrace remote work, some may delay retirement in order to continue working because of the flexibility of remote options that could even allow some to travel and live a semi-retired life while still working remotely. In addition, there are a number of millennials who have adopted a digital nomad lifestyle because of remote work opportunities that allow them to travel for pleasure even while holding down a job. 

A Greater Degree of Remote Work

Those working remotely one or two days a week want to increase their amount of remote work, and this shift seems likely as technology makes remote work ever more feasible for the majority of skilled and professional jobs. It seems that there are progressively fewer reasons to work in a specific office location, and the current tight labor market will add to the pressure on employers to offer flexibility about where the work takes place. 

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