Digital Future: Millennials Prefer Working Remotely
Who is shaping up to be the future’s workforce? Millennials. According to Forbes, millennials are pressing for more flexibility at work, with 70% of employees stating that it isn’t necessary for them to be in the office. As employees are no longer content with working flexible hours or working from home, companies have taken advantage of this opportunity and become fully remote. Photo: Stock picture / Freepik.
THE FUTURE OF WORKERS
Prague, Czech Rep., Nov 27 (JS) – “Anywhere Workers”, a study conducted on the next generation of workers by AND.CO, a business management software developed by Fiverr, found that 23% of the remote workers who participated in the survey stated that the company they work at is fully remote. Companies who have become the prime examples of a fully remotely-distributed organisation include Invision, Toptal, Stack Overflow and Zapier.
THE AGE OF THE DIGITAL NOMADS
The latest emerging lifestyle trend combines work and travel, with many remote workers operating from a foreign country. Surprisingly, the study showed that women are slightly more prone to “engage in the nomad lifestyle”. In addition, the study showed that people who have been working remotely for less than a year have a higher chance of going remote in order to combine travel and work. It should be noted that from the study, 24% of the participants think themselves of digital nomads with 17% from them travelling to more than 5 countries per year.
HOW DISTRIBUTED COMPANIES ADAPT TO LACK OF COMMUNICATION
Top managers in distributed companies understand the need for in-person communication. That is why, according to the article by Forbes, large distributed companies such as HashiCorp have incorporated practices such as the use of emojis in virtual communication as a substitute for body language. Also, the company organises a meeting for all staff once a year. All the employees are flown to a specific locations for a three-day bonding experience which emphasizes how important it is to develop trust between employees. In addition, every department (marketing, sales etc) meets once or twice per year. Lastly, each region has an allowance that workers use to meet in-person once a month for lunch.
THE 6TH ANNUAL ABSL CONFERENCE
At the 6th Annual ABSL Conference in Brno on November 13th, focused on The Future of Work: Radical Changes in Jobs and Careers, Jiří Benedikt, a future skills trainer and specialist said that most companies don’t follow the distributed pattern for 2 main reasons:
- Fear of the unknown
- Fear of refusal
He then proceeded to highlight the example about WordPress, a company with 960 employees which takes up 33.6% of the global market. WordPress follows the same pattern as HashiCorp; being a fully distributed company they outsource the best candidates from all over the world and once a year the company flies everyone to a single location for bonding and building trust amongst co-workers.
REMOTE WORKING IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE
Over the past few years remote working has gained massive popularity, with no signs of slowing down soon. The research from AND.CO showed that 73% of remote workers are relatively new to this lifestyle, having been working in this way for less than 4 years. Almost 80% of the respondents said that they want to work remotely for as long as possible, with people who work in Marketing stating that they would like to work remotely indefinitely.
Text by Antonis Dimosthenous
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