The very idea of working has changed dramatically, and permanently, since the pandemic. Before, most people considered it pretty much given that they would commute to a physical office, stay there from 9 to 5 and then commute back home at the end of the day. Now, things are different. The dire circumstances brought on by the pandemic have made people rethink what it means to work, and what they want that to look like.
That effect is still going on, perhaps even more deliberately so in the face of RTO mandates where companies are trying to force remote workers to return to a fully in-person set up. Thousands of UK residents are thinking about how they work, and wondering whether they should switch to hybrid or remote jobs. To this, RemoteWorker, an online jobs board that specialises in helping hiring managers and businesses connect with job-seeking professionals for remote work positions, says candidates should consider how much benefit they would gain by making the switch.
“Without a doubt, almost everyone can benefit from remote working in some way or another,” says Joseph Boll, RemoteWorker CEO. “The work-life balance it grants you is unmatched, and there are multiple ways to save on household spending and time spent away from your family. But you also should be realistic and look at things like whether you have a dedicated workspace at home.”
RemoteWorker urged jobseekers and currently employed individuals who are thinking about switching to remote work to consider the demographic groups who seem to benefit the most from remote work, suggesting that members of these groups may more strongly consider making the shift to hybrid or remote.
In particular, marginalised groups and people who have dependents to care for at home consistently report being among the groups to benefit the most from remote work. Visible minorities like workers of colour and people with disabilities consistently say that remote work helps to remove them from some toxic work behaviours, and helps their colleagues take them more seriously. Meanwhile, parents and workers who have caretaking responsibilities at home also rave about remote work, which allows them the work-life balance to take time for domestic duties without significantly impacting their work day or causing added stress.
However, these demographics are not exclusive. Thousands of people who may not fit into either of these categories still adore remote work and the flexibility it allows them, whether that’s taking a jog during the day or having extra free time by cutting out a long commute. Rather, RemoteWorker encouraged anyone who might be interested in remote work to give a try to see for themselves the many benefits to be enjoyed.