(Content from Boldly)
What if we told you that we’re overwhelmed with job applications right now?
In the midst of the news stories about how nearly every industry is struggling with a labor shortage, making hiring impossible and excellent job candidates as rare as a unicorn, we’re experiencing something else. Our applications have doubled in the last quarter.
It’s no surprise why this is happening.
In 2020, many people were able to avoid the work commute, and had a chance to spend more time with family and friends. They acquired the habits and skills necessary for working from home. For a year, as people were forced to change how they worked, they also had a chance to step back and rethink their lives.
After all of that rethinking, guess what many of them decided?
Remote Work Is Here To Stay
A Pew Research Center study done in late 2020 found that of those workers who said their work could be done at home, 71% were currently working from home, but prior to the pandemic only 20% had the opportunity to work remotely. That’s an incredible number of newly-skilled remote workers.
The research also found that 54% of those people would like to continue working from home instead of going back to the office.
Why do they want to work from home?
- They realize their career is no longer geographically restrained.
- They want a better work life balance, because 2020 put a lot of things into perspective.
- They want more flexibility in their work, with more control over how and when they work.
Instead of returning to their previous job where they’d have to go back to the office, facing long commutes and reduced personal freedom, they’re going after everything on that list. The most talented workers are turning to remote work, and if that’s who you want to hire, that’s where you’ll have to look.
Flowster’s VA placement service can help you get started.