Time. We have too little of it and too many tasks. Therefore, potential employees want to have control over their working hours and workplace. With the help of modern technology, they are increasingly opting for remote work, which broadens their working horizons, giving them freedom of residence and a salary that is often higher than the national wage. Experts estimate that by 2035, up to 50% of the US population will be working remotely.
Subsequent generations which enter the labor market stop treating employment and duties performed as a meaning of their lives. They no longer pursue their careers, but more and more often they work to fulfill their dreams and realize their passions. For many employees, the remote employment is the opportunity to work at home or during journeys. It gives them a sense of independence and increases satisfaction with their duties, as well as their effectiveness and creativity.
Happy And Efficient
According to the Eurostat report, countries with a high percentage of remote employees are characterized by higher labor productivity per employee. This includes Luxembourg, where both the proportion of people frequently working at home and labor productivity per employee are the highest among European countries. Surveys also show that remote workers are more likely to be satisfied with their work. For example, only 24 percent of those working in the office were satisfied with the tasks performed. On the other hand, mobile workers working in the field accounted for 38 percent, and the happiest were just remote workers, among whom almost half said they liked their work and were satisfied with their job.
Employers, meeting the needs of employees, are more and more eagerly take a positive view on mobile forms of employment. Every tenth entrepreneur who does not yet employ employees in the remote system plans to do so in the near future. One of the companies operating in such a model is the American start-up, Crossover. It offers the possibility of remote work for companies of so-called ”Fortune 1000” list, from any place in the world, in the range of at least 40 hours per week. Employees are recruited online or during one-day recruitment tournaments, where they have to go through a range of language, industry and logical thinking tests.
Employers know that an offer of remote work is often the only way to gain the best specialists, e. g. in the IT industry, but they still find it hard to give up supervision and control over their subordinates. This is why 69% of the five respondents considered that an online meeting platform could help communicate with remote workers. Crossover uses the proprietary WorkSmart platform to work remotely, where employees decide for themselves when the application is to be active and to monitor their work time and when not. When monitoring is enabled, it takes a 10-minute screenshot, saves data about active applications and uses a webcam to take a picture of a working person. The application aims to respond to the needs of both the employee and the employer, and it aims to build trust in the difficult and demanding model of remote work.
Research shows that remote work is desirable by employees who want to relax from the office routine and is also, with the support of technology, appreciated by employers from all over the world. The popularity of this form of employment is evidenced by the increasing number of initiatives targeted at employees, enabling them to maintain a work-life balance.