Forbes said that “Roughly half of U.S. professionals believe their companies will allow them to telecommute at least part of the time after the pandemic, according to LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index” (Stoller, 2021).
Uprooting yourself from your current job to move away has never been a feasible/reasonable option before. However, now that companies have seen that employees are just as productive (some would say more productive) working from home, needing to come into the office everyday will not be necessary for most individuals.
Americans Looking to Move
Now that remote work has gained more acceptance and now that it is an option for many, more Americans are thinking of or have already started the process of moving away. Earlier this year, CNBC said that “Nearly 20% of people in the country are working from home full time as of December and 28% of Americans have considered relocating during the pandemic, NPD said. In addition, 20% more consumers are planning to move this year compared with the prior year” (Tsai, 2021).
One perk for businesses will be the much lower employee turnover rates. Individuals will be less likely to turn down or quit a job due to a long commute or too much time spent at the office. Without needing to worry about significant travelling for work, commuting long distances just to get to the office, and time spent away from home, employees will not have work factors that impede on their lives and will be less likely to turn down offers or quit current jobs.
Another perk will be that for the most part, American employees will not feel tied down to one town or one office. Needing to uproot your family from their hometown because you have been relocated or not being able to move away for years because of being tied to your job will no longer be issues that workers need to manage.
Employees look for jobs that can offer them a good work-life balance. Another article said that “Nearly two-thirds of American workers don’t feel they have the optimal level of work-life balance. With numbers like that, don’t be surprised if your employees start looking for other options that offer them a higher quality of life. If you want to keep your employees around, make sure your policies work with their personal lives as well” (Hall, 2019).
To learn more about remote work and it's potential effect on productivity levels and efficiency within a company, click the link below:
Hall, John. “What Really Keeps The Best Employees At Their Companies?” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 9 Aug. 2019, www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2019/08/11/what-really-keeps-the-best-employees-at-their-companies/?sh=6b7baae38f27.
Tsai, Katie. “More Americans Are Looking to Move as Remote Work Gains Acceptance during Covid Pandemic.” CNBC, CNBC, 22 Feb. 2021, www.cnbc.com/2021/02/22/more-americans-are-looking-to-move-this-year-as-remote-work-takes-hold.html.
Stoller, Kristin. “Never Want To Go Back To The Office? Here's Where You Should Work.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 12 Feb. 2021, www.forbes.com/sites/kristinstoller/2021/01/31/never-want-to-go-back-to-the-office-heres-where-you-should-work/?sh=657af0767127.