It has been a year since the United States hit its historically low unemployment rate.
In that time, people had to get resourceful. Many workers who were laid off turned to freelancing as a way to keep up with the cost of living, while others used their unemployment time to determine what they really wanted to do in a career. And as we are re-entering society and the unemployment rate has leveled out, workers are in a unique position where they can be choosier with which jobs they accept.
For years, employees have been asking their employers for remote options – and they have workplace trends on their side. In a 2018 IWG report, 70 percent of global workers surveyed were working from home at least one day a week and 53 percent of those respondents work remotely for half the week. In the same report – and remember, this is two years before COVID-19 hit – an overwhelming majority (80 percent) of employees said if they were faced with similar job offers, they would choose the opportunity that allowed the most flexibility.
Then COVID-19 brought most of us remote, immediately enlightening workers to the benefits of not only working from home, but working in a flexible format.
Those workers have now had a year of remote life and with more and more of the population receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, we are about to see how much of “normal life” employers are able to get away with – and all signs point to not a lot.
The power is now in the hands of the talent. And we are about to enter a war.