Just under six months ago, companies across the country were scrambling to get their employees access to work from home, while simultaneously wondering how their employees would perform while not being in the office. It was not my first go at working from home, but I assumed this would be a two to three-week deal before we’d be back in the office and back to normal life. How wrong I was! With many offices having no plans of re-entry any time soon, and some companies even choosing to go remote forever, it has been interesting to talk to clients and candidates about their thoughts and experiences being out of the office.
As a recruiter, I get a wide array of “reasons for leaving”, but one of the most common I get is “more flexibility”. In fact, I hear that more often than I hear any other reasons, including compensation. I’ve personally grown fond of working from home, even though I do miss my co-workers. I have found that I have more time without the commute, I am saving money on gas AND from not ordering lunch while in the office, and overall, I feel as though my work/life balance has been improved.
But is working from home as effective as working in the office? It probably depends. Back in January, pre-pandemic in the U.S., Gallup did a study on how effective employees are while working from home and found that employees were as effective, and in many cases, even more effective working from home opposed to in the office. Gallup also found in a separate study that nearly 50 percent of employees have stated they would rather work from home than return to the office, even post-COVID.
So, what exactly is the future of work going to look like? It’s all quite up in the air, and through recruiting, I’ve heard of a lot of different ways companies are moving. There are a handful of companies, Twitter being a main one, that are choosing to go remote on a permanent basis from here on out. Other companies have told us they are doing a split model and operating with 50% in the office and 50% out of the office on alternating days. I have a friend whose company is going to be remote all of 2021, but will lease out their building so not only are they saving on operating costs, but they are also potentially making up for some of the lost revenue from 2020.
Remote work has been desirable for many people over the years, and whether you’ve enjoyed it or not, remote work, in some capacity, is probably here to stay for the long haul. In fact, this year, for the first time in my 3.5 years of recruiting with Aureus Group, I am working on a 100 percent remote opportunity. I imagine those opportunities will only begin to increase. I mean, from a hiring manager perspective, can you IMAGINE the talent pool you could choose from if you had no geographical restrictions?
Despite everything going on, it’s encouraging to see, at least in the Midwest, that companies are still hiring. If you’re looking for great talent (for either in office OR remote work), take a look at our top talent.
Casey has been with Aureus Group since November of 2016 and currently recruits for the accounting and finance team, working the Des Moines market. She has nearly five years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Iowa State University. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughter, and their two dogs.