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Remote and Hybrid Work: Is it Here to Stay?

Since the pandemic started in 2020, employers and employees have had a complete change in almost all working environments. If you asked me back in March of 2020 if I wanted to work remotely, I would’ve told you not an ounce of me wanted to be working all alone and away from team. But since then, I have learned to really enjoy working remotely; I feel like I get more accomplished since I’m not distracted by daily noises and office atmospheres. When talking with candidates, the question I receive daily is “Does this job have the opportunity to be remote or have a hybrid option?” This is a great question and one I would most likely ask as well.

According to February 2022 Forbes article, remote work is here to stay and 25% of all professional jobs in North America will be remote by the end of 2022 and remote opportunities will continue to increase through 2023. This is most likely due to the fact remote and hybrid working can save time in terms of commute and offer employees flexibility with their daily lives. However, a remote or hybrid work environ can create a more difficult situation for employers.

When hiring new employees for organizations that start remotely, it’s hard to know how much trust to put into others and what to expect. We are only human, and we want to believe that everyone comes from a good and trusting place. With the shift to remote working comes a lot of challenges, both team and technologically wise. I am not a hiring manager nor am I in charge of a team or a company, so it’s hard to say for sure what to do when candidates ask about remote or hybrid options. If an organization does offer that flexibility, though, it’s important to lay the groundwork and set clear expectations from the beginning.

From my own experience working remotely, we were told that we needed to act just like we were in an office. Do your work the same, reach your goals, and always ask if questions arise. My company placed value in our employee wellbeing and in my eyes, it has worked well. Effective communication for both employers and employees are key! Just like with any relationship, there must be a two-way street of communication, and working remotely should not change that – if anything, it should make it better. The organization should trust the teammate to perform their duties and that teammate should trust that the organization will provide everything necessary to do their work.

It’s hard to tell where the future of remote and hybrid work will take us. But what we do know is that keeping an open mind is key. Change will happen in almost all aspects of our lives, so it’s important to reframe our thinking and be receptive for all parties involved. If you’re looking for new talent or a new opportunity to reach your career goals, contact us today.

Autumn Burmeister

Autumn has been with Aureus Group since 2013. She’s currently a recruiter with our Finance and Accounting Recruiter, connecting candidates to companies and roles that align with their career dreams!

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