Over the past two years, working from home has seen considerable advancements.
Even before COVID-driven business closures and stay-at-home orders emerged, more people were seeking out work that allowed them to do their jobs remotely.
However, after businesses shut down their offices due to COVID, remote work became a necessity. Even though these closures and stay-at-home orders are over, some people are making the case for remote work to continue.
With gas prices on the rise, some folks are warning that expecting workers to make daily commutes to and from jobs is not reasonable anymore.
Meanwhile, some businesses, such as Yelp, are voluntarily choosing to transition to a widespread, remote model of working, per Fox Business.
Doing Away With the Office Altogether
This past Thursday, Jeremy Stoppelman, the CEO of Yelp, announced the company is completely removing to a work-from-home model, notably in Chicago, New York, and Washington DC.
The Yelp CEO released a memo, announcing that changes to how people work in this country have come about, largely owing to COVID.
Stoppelmant then confirmed the future of how work takes place with Yelp is going to be remote.
86% of Yelp employees prefer to work remotely.
The future is @remote https://t.co/ngW60tROzW
— Job (@Jobvo) June 23, 2022
Citing the company’s revenue from last year, the Yelp CEO confirmed that employees can be more productive by working remotely than by coming into an office on a regular basis.
The transition to remote work remains largely back by Yelp employees as well. 86% of staff said they’d be interested in working either fully or mostly remotely. 87% also said remote work increases their productivity levels on the job.
July 29 is the closing date for the offices in the aforementioned cities.
Work-Life Balance Returns?
For a while, it’s been widely thought that having a true balance between work life and personal life isn’t feasible.
Yet, with widespread shifts towards people working remotely and from home, more balance is possible.
Many people who’ve had the luxury of remote work say cutting out the daily commute makes their abilities to spend time with their kids and otherwise handle their responsibilities much easier.
The pandemic has brought about unprecedented change and the way we work has gone through a major transformation.
— Jeremy Stoppelman (@jeremys) June 23, 2022
In other companies outside of Yelp, staffers are letting their bosses and managers know they want to work remotely, not come into the office each day.
As time passes, more businesses are likely to shift towards remote work, even if this movement is led by employees.
At Starbucks, for instance, the CEO notes he’s having a tough time getting his staffers to shift from working remotely to coming back into the office.
All things considered, employers may do well to be more open and flexible to remote work in the future.
What do you think about the growing trend towards working from home, rather than 9-to-5s and coming into an office? Sound off in the comments area below.