Working remotely was nearly unheard of before the pandemic, mostly because their are so many benefits of working in the office. In fact, nearly 50% of workers had never once worked remotely. Only 17% of workers worked fully remote before the pandemic. However, since March 2020, these numbers have changed drastically, making the question, “benefits of working in the office versus benefits of working remotely” a great topic to discuss on our blog.
Since the pandemic, only less than 35% of workers have still never worked remotely, while close to 45% said that they worked fully remote. Now that almost majority of the workforce has worked remote, is that why we are seeing job seekers prefer it? Will job seekers ever transition back to the office after working remotely?
Working at Office vs Home
According to Upwork, 41.8% of the American workforce continues to work remotely. However, only 26% are projected to be working from home through 2021, which is relatively back to the same number we saw before the pandemic. Now that the job market is getting back to normal with the vaccine, are you missing out on work because you want to work remote?
The short answer is, yes. If you prefer only working remotely, more than likely you are missing out on many job openings. If you choose to only work remote, there is a possibility you may never find a job until the pandemic is over. That is why we say, one benefit of working in the office is more job opportunities for you. Why do we say this?
Only 37% of jobs in the United States can be performed entirely at home. Also, 54% of adults want to work remotely. If more than half of the workforce want only remote work, then there will be more competition for the only 26% of jobs projected to be remote through 2021. If you are apart of the other 46% of workers that do not require remote work, then you will have your pickings over 74% of jobs that are going to be back in the office by 2022.
Benefits of Working In The Office:
Most positions have set schedules. Whether you are 8-4 or 9-5, offices usually have fixed hours for work and lunch. Time Management is essential in this atmosphere because you have to finish all your work in that time slot. When working from home, there is no time usually set on when you have to work, but you just need to get your work done.
Working in the office is a great way to learn about punctuality and will teach you how to begin and end on time. When you are at home, you set your own break schedule every day.
Behavior and Interpersonal Skills
Understanding Company Culture
There is no better way to understand business than working in an office. Here you will understand all the aspects of the business, not just your job. This will help you in the future when you are looking for a promotion! When you are remote, you will know less information about the company you work for, which will limit you in the long run.
Easier to Network
Remote Employees Have Already Been Hired
Now that you know the benefits of working in the office, we wanted to let you know that if you still want remote work, it will be very hard to find. Many of the companies that have switched to fully remote positions already have employees and do not have any openings.
When COVID-19 originally entered the U.S. last year, companies had to unfortunately let go many of their employees. The ones that they were able to keep either got furloughed or set up to be fully remote. Only a small percentage of the employees that are fully remote moved on to a new job. That means the jobs that are currently fully remote already have all the employees they need. Job openings for these fully remote positions are very rare to find.
Not only that, but the jobs that are currently fully remote are more competitive. If there is no requirement of where you are located for a fully remote position, there is a chance you will be competing with thousands of other applicants around the country.
Do Not Limit Yourself
If you are seeking work, do not limit yourself to only remote work. Companies are hiring, but more than 70% of them are hiring for in office openings only. With the COVID-19 vaccine being distributed throughout the U.S., we will likely be back to normal in no time.
The worst thing you can do on your job search is limit yourself. Once you say you can only work remotely, you may be taking your application out of contention for an employer that is offering you a great opportunity. Candidates that request remote work before getting a job offer can also be seen as someone who does not have a good work ethic. Remote work is still a relatively new concept and some hiring managers do not see it being successful long-term.
Remote work does have many advantages like increased productivity and less stress (to learn more about ways to increase productivity, check out our blog, Coffee vs Tea), but there are also many disadvantages to remote work. The disadvantages include isolation, decreased employee visibility, decreased work/life balance, lack of relationships among coworkers, and increased distractions. Also the benefits of working in the office outweigh the benefits of working remotely.
If the only reason for you to request remote work is because you do not want to drive in everyday, then you should probably not limit yourself to only remote work. When working in the office, you will gain more experience and be able to understand the culture of your company. If you never step foot into your employers building, how well do you really know their culture? Do you agree with the benefits of working in the office that we mentioned?
As we were finishing up this blog, we came across an interesting LinkedIn post.
The post said, “Saw this posted and thought the comments were varied and informative. I want to ask the same question of those within my 1st, 2nd, 3rd level connections and beyond. If given the option, what would your preference be and why?“
With over 1100+ answers (as of March 23, 2021), almost half (484) said that they would rather work remote/ full-time.
Only 71 people answered that they would want to go back to the office full-time.
What do you think after reading this article on the benefits of working in the office?
Who is City Personnel
Now that you know the benefits of working in the office, here is some information about who we are.
As a locally owned boutique staffing agency, we are able to develop a detailed understanding of your staffing and recruiting needs, and therefore providing you a tailor-made approach to your staffing solutions. It is our policy that every assignment is an opportunity, every employer is a priority, and every candidate is an asset. We strive to create long-term relationships with client companies and job seekers to make sure we make each party find their perfect match.
With close to two decades of experience working in the Southern New England area, we fully understand the local job market which helps us find the best fit for both the client company and the job seeker. Are you still not sure about using our staffing agency? Let us prove it to you.