A report says that telecommuters have been more willing to hire freelancers – and most hiring managers (71%) agree.
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.
“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.
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.
Future of work with 5G Ultra-Wideband
Remote workers will increasingly rely on HD video and audio, made possible by 5G Ultra-Wideband technology, to boost productivity and collaboration while working from home or on the road. As of today, people across the United States will be able to access massive network bandwidth and low latency, enabling connected devices to run smoothly. The latest expansion of 5G Ultra-Wideband technology could usher in a new future of work.
As a result of 5G bandwidth, we are seeing innovations like Verizon’s BlueJeans virtual office, Spaces, which have a major impact on how we work. The new platform allows users to create 3D avatars, conduct real-time conversations, hold whiteboard discussions and brainstorm ‘in person’, and interact spontaneously, just like in an office.
BlueJeans’ next generation combines these capabilities with high-quality HD audio, video, and web conferencing that integrate seamlessly with leading collaboration tools like Office 365, Google Calendar, and more. In addition to recording meeting topics during meetings, BlueJeans can also assign to-do items and quickly recreate important information to make meetings more productive.
Family members like the Jennings look forward to a future of greater connectivity in more areas. It is a powerful sense of place that distinguishes the Jennings family in Meridian, Idaho, from nomads. To encourage more families to live in the countryside, they have created a non-profit called On Some Farm. “We wanted to have our happy place, no matter what was going on around us,” says Crystal. “Our children should feel a sense of connection to what matters, to what brings peace. Hopefully, now they do.”