Written by Adam Gray
With 2020 forcing people out of offices and into a world where remote work is the norm, we’re taking a look into how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped the future of how we work.
Back in 2014, an article by London Business School predicted that more than half of us would be working remotely by 2020. Taking into consideration that there’s a global pandemic, the number of people working remotely has certainly increased, and will more than likely stay that way- pandemic or not.
A New Way Of Working
The ability to work remotely used to be seen as a luxury. Previously, many businesses preferred their employees to be physically present in their offices. Then COVID-19 hit and forced the majority of businesses to allow remote working. It could be said that COVID-19 forced their hand in a way. And once they saw the benefits, many businesses decided to keep remote.
This new way of working centres around flexibility. Before the pandemic, most companies believed that working from the office meant improved productivity—when compared with working from home. But now employees have had their chance to prove their productivity at home, companies have started to see the value of a flexible workforce. And it’s not just employers who are starting to value this shift. Employees have also seen the benefits that working from home can bring you. A survey by Gallup revealed that 54% of workers in the US would leave their current job for one that allowed them to work remotely.
But flexibility goes hand-in-hand with choice. So this new way of working doesn’t mean that everyone will work from home. On the contrary; it means working from home will be a viable choice from employees. And they will get to choose what works best for them—be that working in the office or working from home.
The Finances Of Remote Working
Rent, upkeep, and utility bills are all major costs for any business with physical offices. Remote working takes these costs away, or certainly reduces them, which of course will be extremely appealing to any business struggling to keep their head above water during the pandemic.
Not only is it appealing to businesses, but figures show that the number of freelancers in the UK continues to increase. Freelancing contributes more to the economy than the whole of the motor sales industry. With more and more people freelancing, it seems that many of you have decided to take making money into your own hands. Whether it’s job satisfaction, lack of flexibility, or simply wanting to turn a hobby into an earner. All the data and statistics point to an increase in remote working, with freelance leading the way.
How We Can Help
If flexible work appeals to you, but you’re struggling to get going, then Phavour has you covered. The Phavour app allows you to make money on your terms. Whether you’re looking to capitalise on a talent, a hobby or a passion—you can do it all via the Phavour app.
If you want to find out how Phavour can help you, or have any questions, head over to our contact page to get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you!