Working from home is often seen as a luxury, but for many, this luxury has become standard practice as work from home positions continue to grow and expand. In the past, work from home positions were few and far between—often positions such as sales or real estate allowed flexibility and a bulk of work to be done from your own home, rather than going into an office, but few other positions allowed for this type of flexibility. Today, almost any office job can be done from the comfort of one’s home and in fact, many companies have decided to give this option to employees to save on office costs, create a flexible environment and keep employees happy.
But just how many companies are jumping on the trend? According to Global Workplace Analytics, the number of regular work from home employees has grown by 105% since 2005—the largest increase thus far. Going a bit deeper into the statistics, it is also worth noting that about 4.3 million employees today work from home at least half the time, which accounts for over 3% of the entire workforce. The numbers are alarming, but they aren’t slowing down anytime soon. In 2019 and beyond, data shows that these numbers will only continue to rapidly increase and soon, a large number of workers will either be working from home full-time, part-time or at least have the option to do so if they see fit.
So just what do these numbers mean for you? As an employee or someone looking to enter the workforce, this can be a great sign. With the flexibility of working from home, even if it is just part time or on a need-to basis, employees are able to take positions they may not have been able to fit into their schedules before. Working parents will be able to balance family and work life much easier and schedules will not be so rigid and set in stone, allowing for increased flexibility.
As for companies, having employees who work from home means they won’t need to worry about providing employees with an office space, a computer or other costly supplies. Furthermore, qualified employees may be more attracted to a company who offers the option of working from home and for those looking to hire a talented group of millennial’s, often perks like this are more appealing up front than things like salary, healthcare options and upward movement. Offering this perk also allows for a wider reach of candidates—if an employee does not have to travel every single day to get to work, they are more likely to take a position that is a bit further than they’d like from their home.
But there are concerns when it comes to employees working from home; the biggest being productivity. Many managers worry that if an employee is not supervised or in the comfort of their own home, they will not be as productive and turn in less-than-quality work. While this may be true for many, numbers have shown that working from home actually increases productivity. Without the distraction of coworkers, incoming calls, meetings and an overall noisy office space, employees are able to get their work done faster and more efficiently.
Here at The Goodkind Group, not only do we place many employees in companies that offer work from home flexibility, we also offer this option to our own employees. We often find that when our employees are given the freedom to perform in their own home, they are more productive and more efficient in their work. If you are a company looking to broaden your work from home workforce, or an employee seeking a more flexible job, contact us today to learn more about how we can help turn that dream into a reality. Give us a call at 212-378-0700 or visit our website for more information.