Welcome to the age of remote working. According to the US Census, more than 5 percent of US workers worked from home in 2017. That’s nearly 8 million people, and the numbers are expected to rise even further in 2019.
As the global workforce continues to embrace remote working culture and structures, you’ll find many more opportunities for remote work opening up this year. If you are considering to start to working remotely or increase your remote work hours, then it’ important to be aware of the upcoming trends with this increasingly popular work life.
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Here are the most popular remote working trends to watch for in 2019.
- Be a digital ninja
The most popular jobs for remote workers are ones that rely heavily on digital skills. That can mean anything from social media management to coding, web design to graphic arts. Employers are raising their expectations when it comes to their demands for tech-savvy remote workers. Employer expectations of digital skills are shifting from basic to advance
The demand for technology-savvy professionals now extends well beyond the software development space. According to a survey by Linkedin, jobs that demand tech skills like data storage, app development, and human-computer interaction are sharply on the rise.
So if you want to compete for a remote-working position, make sure your tech skills are up to snuff.
- Expect to have some office time
There are many benefits of working remotely. But, like with anything, there are also some drawbacks. One of the largest reported problems amongst remote workers is feeling lonely and disconnected from their co-workers. In order to combat this, employers are being mindful to require in-office days from remote workers. Whether it be a weekly meeting or bi-weekly team lunch, employers are finding ways to incorporate remote workers into the office environment. And it’s working! Remote workers who visit their office at least once a week are happier than their counterparts who work entirely from home. It’s all about finding the right balance between the home and office.
- Embrace the latest communication technology
Thanks to the rise of global teams and remote workers, many technologies and tools have emerged to help companies keep communication flowing between different time zones, languages and cultures. Emailing between remote teams is an obvious way to communicate but can get dis-organized and doesn’t have the advantage of being in real-time. In response, real-time team chat tools like Slack and Hangouts (by Google) are becoming more and more popular, and there are even chat solutions for small businesses. Then there are tools to help everyone speak the same language, literally. Tools like Grammarly ensure that remote workers, no matter what their native language, will always use proper grammar and spelling. When it comes to workflow and task management, shared online workspaces like Trello and Monday will also rise in popularity. As for “face time,” expect to see more technologies role out for virtual video conferencing. Eventually, the tech will become sophisticated enough that you’ll feel like in you’re the same room with your manager sitting in Bali.
- Get ready for Gen Z competition
Millennials might dominate the workforce in 2019, but by 2020, they’ll have some competition. Next year, Gen Z will make up nearly 36 percent of the global workforce, and they have advantages that their Millennial counterparts don’t. For starters, members of Gen Z are the true digital natives; they grew up with iPads in their hands as toddlers and smartphones by grade school. And while 68 percent of millennials prefer companies that allow them to work from home, Gen Z is even likelier to seek out remote work and excel at it.
- Have an eye out for these jobs
Not all industries, roles or specialties are suited for the work-from-home lifestyle. But positions are either adapting to the remote structure or emerging because of it. If you are gunning for a position that will indefinitely allow you to not only work remotely but also to grow your career remotely and earn significant income, then you’ll be wise to watch these opportunities:
- Marketing manager
- IT manager
- UX/UI designer or researcher
- Software developer
- Customer success engineer
To sum up
As digitally-based jobs continue to emerge and develop, so will the trend to work remotely. As you consider if and how you wish to work remotely, whether full-time or part-time, remember to weigh the pros and cons. While many remote workers enjoy more freedom and don’t have stressful commutes, they can struggle with unique challenges like loneliness and how to know when to separate “home” from “work.” It’s important to keep all of this in mind as you explore your remote working opportunities for 2019 and beyond.