“Work’s getting less remote”

“Work’s getting less remote”

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According to LinkedIn: “Work’s getting less remote,” https://www.linkedin.com/news/story/works-getting-less-remote-5682076/

Better late than never on getting this reality out, I guess. 🤷🏻‍♀️

The return-to-office debate is heating up, with big names like Google and Citi announcing they will take note of who isn’t complying with their return-to-office requirements during annual review season. The main driver behind such a hard-line stance on more time in the office? Executives say face-to-face collaboration leads to better business outcomes. But remote jobs aren’t actually all that remote anymore. The latest research from WFH Research found that some fully remote employees actually seek out face-to-face time for more casual socialization and in-person collaboration. About 45% of remote employees meet up with their coworkers at least once a month — and 70% meet up with their coworkers once a year.

-LinkedIn, Ibid.

“But remote jobs aren’t actually all that remote anymore.”

Imma say it yet again, probably for the 10,000th time: if you wait to be “officially” told, you are waiting too late, IMO.

Here’s the spin though: “The latest research from WFH Research found that some fully remote employees actually seek out face-to-face time for more casual socialization and in-person collaboration.” (emphasis mine)

Even remote workers themselves are burned out on fully remote work; ergo, we should herd everyone back to the cube farm. 😒 (That’s not a big leap to make, especially where Corpo America is concerned.) Personally, as an introvert who loves fully remote work, I’m skeptical here. People who are highly extroverted and/or who dislike being at home for their own reasons can target either full RTO or hybrid employment and they’re more likely to find those jobs RN than fully remote. If someone is truly burned out on fully remote work, why do it?

From the WFH Research LinkedIn cites:

“By May’23: 12% of Full-Time Employees Were Fully Remote, 59% Were Full-Time on Site, and 29% Were in a Hybrid Arrangement”
https://wfhresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/WFHResearch_updates_June2023.pdf

Whatever someone’s take on RTO vs WFH might be re: isn’t it so much better this way, this information is pretty telling. In the survey’s results, 88% of people were either on-site full-time or were in a hybrid arrangement. This leaves only 12% of folks in a fully remote job.

The tide is turning. I don’t agree with it and I’m not telling you I endorse it. I’m telling you this is reality. As Jed Hill says: This is the present. It is the here and the now. Welcome to the land of You Don’t Have a Choice.

Also from the WFH Research:

“Employers Offer Fewer Fully Remote Jobs and More Fully Onsite Jobs Than Employees Want”
-WFHResearch, Ibid.

This matches what I’m seeing day in and day out in the job market. The remote jobs out there have stiff competition and this even includes temp and freelance gigs.

If you haven’t developed an RTO Survival Plan, what are you waiting for? The day will come when even the hot air & hopium crowd has to roll up the sidewalks and change their narratives. When that happens, it’ll be way, way too late to do anything meaningful to prepare.

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