At 1MFWF, we always want to highlight what’s happening around the country and across the globe pertaining to work flexibility. While our own blog features regular contributions from experts on this topic, we also keep an eye out for great articles elsewhere on the web.
Here are some recent news items not to miss, including how remote working is a top demand of job candidates in the United Kingdom’s booming tech industry.
Tech Republic, Owen Hughes
Since the start of the pandemic, the number of tech jobs in the United Kingdom has increased dramatically, with more than 104,000 new openings in the industry in less than a year. With the increase, qualified job seekers in the tech sector are increasingly demanding to be able to work from anywhere, employers are finding. Even as other industries continue to struggle, tech recruiters looking to fill vacancies are finding that 79% of all tech workers want the option to work from home. With the move toward more remote work, 60% of decision-makers are investing more resources into company culture, and leaders are projecting continued hiring increases in organizational roles like cybersecurity, data analysis, and artificial intelligence.
Washingtonian, Luke Mullins
A new report on the pandemic’s long-term impact on workers in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area found that post-COVID-19, as much as 18% of all workers in the region could be working remotely at least a few days a week. The report by the Greater Washington Partnership projects that more than a million people in the nation’s capital and the surrounding regions in Richmond, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland, will be working from home in some form or another once vaccines have become widespread and herd immunity is reached. The shift will have an outsized effect on small and minority-owned businesses and will likely have an impact on the bottom lines of public transportation systems like DC’s Metro subway system. The report recommends that new targeted policies and approaches be developed to make post-pandemic economic recovery more equitable for all.
Financial Times, Jonathan Dingel
A group of economics professors analyzing research into remote work offer insights into the advantages and pitfalls that come with the shift toward working from home. While their research as the pandemic took hold showed that up to 37% of U.S. jobs could be done remotely, factors like location, job activity, and income level may paint a more complicated picture. Other complex issues that have emerged need to be addressed, such as a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court by the state of New Hampshire to prevent home-based New Hampshire workers who worked in neighboring Massachusetts before the pandemic from being taxed by both states. While there are many great long-term benefits of working remotely, business leaders should be mindful of how to make the most going forward of the transition to more home-based jobs.
CNBC.com, Jessica Bursztynsky
In yet another sign of COVID-19’s long-lasting effects on the workplace, the streaming company Spotify is launching a new hybrid work model that incorporates remote work options as permanent features. Under the “Work from Anywhere” plan, Spotify employees can choose to work full-time from the office, full-time from home, or some combination of those two options. For team members who choose to work remotely but still want a company-provided dedicated place to work, Spotify will offer coworking spaces on a membership basis. The move by Spotify follows similar shifts toward remote work by Salesforce, Twitter, Square, and other companies.
Companies everywhere are grappling with what to do about all the extra office space they will continue to have once the pandemic ends. The file-hosting service Dropbox has adopted a permanent “Virtual First” strategy that puts remote work at the forefront—a policy that has fueled the company’s decision to sublease some of its expansive office headquarters in San Francisco’s South of Market district. As Dropbox reshapes its post-COVID-19 workforce, the company sees far less need for as much space as was required when more employees worked from the office. Much of the remaining space that isn’t subleased will be used for team collaboration efforts, Dropbox officials said. The move by Dropbox comes as other companies announce similar office space downsizing, including the banking company HSBC, which is reducing its long-term office footprint by 40%.
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