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WFH, Remote Workforce: The new life off the office

A boom in remote work and freelance gigs

Many companies are embracing remote work in a way that simply wasn’t possible before, due to distributed working patterns combined with the freelance boom.

Over the next six decades, more than a quarter of U.S. workers (27.7%) will be teleworkers, more than 5% more than Upwork’s November 2020 survey. In addition “teleworking has increased their willingness to use freelancers,” according to the report, and most hiring managers (71%) agreed.

Approximately two out of three technology hiring executives intend to increase their use of freelancers during this period, according to Upwork. Is this trend linked to the recent high turnaround in a tight labor market and why are businesses increasingly willing to take advantage of freelance talent?

The idea of collaborating with someone outside the office or business was difficult for many companies during the pre-pandemic period.

However, when companies were forced to train and train their employees on telecommuting, they realized that they could also do it with freelancers.

Once businesses became more adept at training and onboarding freelance talent, they saw the “value” of remote workers, such as the ability to quickly meet demand. A tight workforce market has forced companies to scale teams and hire freelancers to fill available jobs.

There is a wide variation in freelance talent across industries, so it’s important to note that. According to Upwork, since the coronavirus pandemic began, 80% of hiring managers in the web, mobile, and software development space have increased their use of freelancers. Why are freelancers increasingly using this category of software development?

There is both a lot of project-based demand as well as a need for rapid scaling. Companies needing e-commerce are often launched quickly, or their mobile sites are redeveloped quickly. Freelancers are often hired for this type of work.

A new management style has been adopted by WFH

Interestingly, the pandemic may also alter the way companies and managers choose to monitor and supervise their employees.

By moving to remote work, one area is undergoing “a lot of change,” explaining that it’s “likely” because “a lot of old management practices,” such as monitoring inbound and outbound times, do not work in the framework front.

Businesses must change their mindset to think about the actual work that is performed by their teams. Will they meet their deadlines? What is the quality of their work? Do I have confidence in them?

Using 5G eliminates remote workers

The Jennings family seemed trapped when the Coronavirus infected the pandemic. Crystal and her husband, Sean, were suddenly stuck at home with their restless children, trying to work remotely while caring for them. The record temperatures in Phoenix, Arizona, mean that 8-year-old Brixton, 5-year-old Beckham, and 2-year-old Boston can’t even play outside. “We didn’t know where to go,” Crystal says.

Crystal was able to work remotely with her marketing agency permanently, which enabled the family to achieve her long-held dream of turning the farm into a home. As an independent contractor, Sean worked at home as well. They weren’t familiar with Meridian, Idaho, a friendly community with good schools and a low cost of living. What was Jennings’ biggest concern? Finding broadband service.

Thanks to Verizon’s reliable wireless coverage, Crystal was able to make video calls, and Sean was able to share files for his marketing work. Verizon’s network allowed Sean to provide the same level of service to clients as if he were still in the office.

It’s here to stay: remote work

No children are living with the Jennings. Telecommuting is inevitable. In a recent FlexJobs survey, 97 percent of employees prefer remote work after a stroke, and 58 percent are comfortable working full-time. Increasingly, employers are embracing this trend since it allows them to attract and retain talented employees. The FlexJobs survey found that almost 80 percent of respondents would be loyal to their employers if they had easy access to jobs.

Research by Global Workplace Analytics found that 35 remote workers are 40 percent more productive than their human counterparts in a physical office setting.

With experts moving from big cities such as New York and Los Angeles, benefits are shared. A larger pool of talent will be available to companies rather than just the experts from big cities.

The Harvard Business School summarized that working remotely is a win-win situation because if an employee moves to a chosen location and saves money on the cost of living, the employer will also see lower profits and less real estate costs. The co-author of the school’s report is Prithwiraj Choudhury, an associate professor in the Department of Technology Management and School Operations.

We have a new off-office life now

The Jennings family enjoys many of these benefits due to the mobile connectivity plan they use.

The main advantage of Crystal and Sean’s connection is that they can raise their children as they grow up together. Crystal works remotely from a converted shipping container behind her home, from where she can watch their donkey and pony grazing in the grassy field and watch the kids build castles and pick blackberries.

“We have the best of both worlds – connectivity and nature.” “If we didn’t have reliable internet connectivity here, we couldn’t live a work-from-home, mini-farm lifestyle.”

The statement could not be more true in David Risher’s opinion. Following the arrival of the Covid-19 in New York City in March 2020, the 47-year-old lawyer and his wife, Olga Queens, headed to West Dover, Vermont. Skiing enthusiasts spent much time in southern Vermont and planned to buy property there. At this time of year, outbreaks are particularly severe. A town of fewer than a thousand people makes keeping social distance much easier than a dense metropolis like New York City. David faced a serious infection risk due to living with his elderly parents.

To his delight, David finds that he can do his job remotely via video conferencing, and yet he has plenty of time to ski and enjoy quiet moments like walking his dog and greeting his familiar neighbors by first name.

Kelly Lovett, 34, and Eddie Kingswell, 32, are different from most people thanks to the remote-work lifestyle. In 2018, he quit his job in Atlanta and bought a van, starting a nomadic life on the road, his van was parked on the side of the road and parked at the campground. Despite working from home whenever they had an internet connection – Kelly was a consultant technical accountant and Eddie taught English online – they both developed a passion for traveling at the same time. In response to her statement, she said, “I was scared to start a new consulting business based on Hotspot.

Even though Eddie sometimes has to teach strange hours due to time zone differences, he considers it a small price to pay for their new life. Kelly says digital technology has given us incredible freedom and connectivity. Traveling without sacrificing our careers or income is now possible.

Tanya Sharma

I'm the Chief Content Writer and Marketer at Host News Daily. For many years I have worked as a Freelance Content Writer. Now I have started this blog to share all my knowledge about Technology, Fashion, Sports, Business and so much more. In the Spare Time, you can find me either Travelling or Reading.

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