TRaD Work Trends

Latest trends in telecommuting, remote, and distributed work

Picture this: Working full-time with benefits from your home or local park or favorite mountaintop. Sounds like nirvana to anyone who slogs through grinding daily commutes, finds getting work done at the office difficult, or just needs more flexibility to take care of family needs.
FlexJobs' CEO Sara Sutton Fell writes about workplace flexibility, its benefits, and bottom line results in this piece for Virgin Disrupters. "If implemented properly, countless case studies and surveys have shown flexible work options have fantastic results when it comes to operating costs, workforce retention, employee satisfaction, and productivity, just to name a few areas," writes Sutton Fell.
"If the future of work continues to demand that we step outside our geographical constraints, and it sure seems to be, then it makes sense to pay attention to those who aren’t just championing the cause but who are living it as well." FlexJobs Director of People & Culture, Carol Cochran, talks about the future of work and explains how FlexJobs has created a healthy, thriving culture in its remote workplace environment.
More than half of companies that allow their employees to telecommute or vary their work schedules have seen profits increase.
As more companies adopt a remote workforce, FlexJobs' CEO offers advice on how to manage remote employees. “A lot of people don’t believe that you can be a legitimate company if you are remote and don’t have an office,” Sara Sutton Fell, FlexJobs' CEO, tells ADP. “We wanted to highlight not only how it can work, but how it can work really, really well.”
This sea-change towards distributed teams has impact rippling out across multiple industries, society in general and our global economy. Literally change-the-world stuff!
FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell joins other business leaders at Davos World Economic Forum to discuss the impact of digitization on the workplace. She explains, "The benefits of what digitization has allowed for the workplace can also be a downfall if you don't manage it properly, and that means both the employee managing it and the employer." She is also cited as an expert on the future of work, sharing, "We see job opportunities in the freelance and gig economies that you wouldn’t have been able to see 15-20 years ago."
Founder and CEO of FlexJobs, Sara Sutton Fell, writes about why some remote companies are better at placing women in leadership roles. "Remote work eliminates some of the obstacles that tend to throw women off the traditional leadership course," writes Sutton Fell.
There is no denying that telecommuting and remote work is increasingly becoming a reality in 21st century workplaces. In another 20 years, as this trend continues -- or more likely accelerates -- the vast majority of our workforce will telecommute as a part of their regular work routine. For traditional companies without remote options for their workers, this means a dramatic shift in the way they conduct business.
Fifty-six percent believe those who work remotely are just as productive as those who work in offices, while 24% say telecommuters are more productive and 18% say they are less productive.
The digital workplace is no longer the future of work. It’s the new norm. In the 2015 PGi Global Telework Survey, a whopping 79 percent of surveyed knowledge workers around the world now work outside the office.
The new Remote Collaborative Worker Survey, from ConnectSolutions, shows clear cost-savings and productivity gains for companies that employ remote workers. There are personal and professional benefits for the workers as well.
A normal day at the office now consists of a laptop, a Wi-Fi connection, and a smartphone. Sara Sutton Fell explains here's how to find ready and willing teleworkers.
In the top 20 startup ecosystems in the world, an average of 26% of startup employees work remotely, Compass’s Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking 2015 reports – an indication of just how popular remote work is among the tech-savvy crowd.
FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell discusses the future of work with Hub Culture at Davos 2016. "There is a real change in the definition of what work means, and companies are having to really look at how to integrate more flexibility into the workplace," Sutton Fell tells Hub Culture.
The Society for Resource Management takes a look at the Trends in Workplace Flexibility report from WorkAtWork, which was underwritten by FlexJobs. "Resistance from senior leadership is the biggest reason so few employers have formalized policies. They fear straying from 'an antiquated workplace structure' that organizations have come to rely on," Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, tells SHRM.
Entrepreneur taps the expertise of FlexJobs' CEO Sara Sutton Fell to talk about trends in workplace flexibility. Few organizations, only 3 percent, try to quantify the return on investment for job flexibility or remote work. "That's shocking to me, because it says loudly and clearly that employers and management believe flexible work only benefits the employee; they don't even think it will benefit the broader organization," Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and founder of FlexJobs, tells Entrepreneur.
Organizations are considering flexible work programs more and more, but a key question always exists: is there ROI of flexible work?

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