Work From Home Trends To Expect In 2018

Working from home is more popular than ever as a new report has found that the number of remote or telecommuting workers has increased by 115% in a decade. As remote working gives employees more flexibility and allows them to have work-life balance, it appears that there is no shortage in remote job listings in fields such as real estate, mortgage, and accounting as they continue to grow every year. This year, the number of telecommuting workers is expected to increase with new trends in remote work on the horizon.

Moreover, as businesses are estimated to save about $11,000 per person annually if they decide to let half of their workers work from home, it’s likely that we’ll see new technology and methodologies developed this year to make telecommuting go smoother for both employees and companies. Here are some of the work from home trends to expect in 2018.

More Countries Will Embrace Remote Working

Big-name organizations such as Amazon, TeleTech, Convergys, Sutherland Global Services, and IBM are some of the top companies for people who want to work from home, so it’s highly possible that more people around the world will be embracing telecommuting as these trend-setters continue to blaze the trail. Amazon has 2.3 million employees globally, while Convergys has hubs in 31 countries. As a result, employees in other countries who want to earn more now have more options to stay in their country instead of immigrating elsewhere in search of greener pastures.

More Interactions On Social Media

Professional networkers and marketers know the advantage of using social media, but it’s possible that more companies will use social media apps to allow remote teammates to connect while they’re working on a common project. This means that while workers do something productive outside of their job description such as learning a new computer skill or non-productive (for the company) like Facebooking, Gaming or participating in a paid survey, they still get to touch base with their managers and teammates to get the job done. Moreover, new apps will allow the Human Resources department to use social media and certain apps to track productivity, office activities, and automate other jobs to make working from a distance easier and help new employees to adjust to this work arrangement.

The Rise Of Co-Working And Shared Spaces

Some workers may crave the freedom of working from home but still want to have interaction with other individuals. Co-working offices and shared spaces may solve this dilemma as it’s easier and more convenient for remote employees, particularly for digital nomads. Moreover, working at a co-working space allows one to have access to better utilities and technology to make telecommuting a breeze.

Employees and organizations have seen the benefits of remote working, so it’s only expected that the telecommuting movement will continue to grow over the years. It’s possible that more trends and new technology will be developed over the next few years as individuals choose to work from home.

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