The return of workers to their office may be picking up now that more people have received a COVID-19 vaccination shot, but there remains a sizable share of employees who say they would rather not return.
A study from Flex Jobs, a job search site, asked 2,100 people about their desire to continue working remotely and 65 percent of them said would like to continue their full-time work from schedule. And 56 percent of respondents said they would quit their jobs if employers forced them to return to the office.
The COVID-19 pandemic made it clear to many companies and their workers that many staffers can work from almost any location they want, provided they have a solid internet connection.
Allison Wolf, a content creator and TikTok vlogger from Seattle, has garnered millions of views of her videos that have documented her remote-life experience of traveling the world. Her videos show her doing activities – while still working – in Alaska, Asia, and here in the Pacific Northwest.
When asked how people can confidently transition to working remotely full time, her biggest advice is to slowly ease into it.
“Maybe stay at home first [and] do a test period in your own time zone and in your comfort zone,” Wolf said. “Make sure you have a simple WiFi connection, and definitely test it out at home before you book a ticket to Greece or Mexico.”
Some of Wolf’s jobs include managing social media, email marketing and teaching English. She says people can learn most new skills with a simple internet search.
“I think a lot of us are told growing up you have to graduate, and this is what work-life has to look like, and you’re only going to get two weeks of vacation,” Wolf said. “I think this year showed us there are ways to have a better work life balance.”
Not every industry, however, has the flexibility to allow their employees to work from home.
Frank Fiorille, a vice president at Paychex, said employees who work with larger companies, like Amazon, have more resources to do this.
“I think remote working-only environments help bigger businesses,” he said. “I think they are more able to do that than small businesses. It may hurt them initially.”
For those who never want to return to the office, Wolf warns that it does come with challenges, like keeping a disciplined schedule and dealing with technology failures.
You can download her free e-book, “7 Remote Jobs You Can Do From Anywhere In The World,” as a start guide on how to follow her path.