The spread of COVID-19 has led several companies to ask their employees to work from home. More companies will follow suit as we continue to see the effects of the virus. While it can seem like a simple transition, working from home can be challenging, especially when it comes to productivity, communication, and motivation.
COVID19 has forced many of us to change the way we work, powering a huge shift towards remote working that is expected to continue. According to recent data job seekers across the country are showing greater interest in working remotely amid the COVID-19 crisis. Job seekers are increasingly searching for terms like ‘remote’, ‘work from home’, and related phrases. Searches for remote work have also increased by over 377% as a share of all searches on Indeed India from February 2020 – May 2020.Job postings for remote work and work from home have also seen an increase of 168% from Feb 2020 – May 2020. In terms of roles, ‘online tutor’, ‘customer care representatives’ and ‘tech roles’ are seeing increased traction.Businesses are adapting by leveraging collaboration technology to ensure uninterrupted work and developing new policies as the situation evolves to make remote working effective and efficient. The gig economy is best prepared, a recent survey by Indeed says that 83% of businesses emphasizing their contingency plan includes frequent communication protocols and technological infrastructure to ensure seamless remote working.Even as the world is grappling with the pandemic, resilience is being displayed by many employers who are exploring new ways to ensure their workforce is able to function seamlessly and continue the business. Indeed’s data shows that remote working and work from home searches have been steadily increasing also, indicating jobseeker expectation mirrors these measures.Previous data from Indeed also showed that, 83% of job seekers consider a remote work policy an important factor when searching for a job, so much so that 53% of employees would consider taking a pay cut in order to have access to remote working options. 56% of employees and 83% of employers concur that offering flexibility in working can help boost productivity. Searches for remote work increased by over 261% as a share of all searches on Indeed India since February 2020 – March 2020. One of the bigger conversations that is happening as a result of the Covid-19 situation is focused on the future of how we work. This has created a new opportunity to see how workforces can have more work from home flexibility or could even allow for more remote work options in the future especially if employers see benefits.Disclaimer: The views, suggestions and opinions expressed here are the sole responsibility of the experts. No Forbes India journalist was involved in the writing and production of this article.
As graduation nears, members of the Class of 2020 are struggling to get and keep jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding financial downturn.
In a survey conducted by The Dartmouth between May 13 and May 24, 66 percent of graduating seniors indicated that their post-graduation plans had been affected by COVID-19 — whether related to a more difficult job search, a later start date, a remote work format or other factors. However, the survey indicated that a similar percentage of seniors have secured post-graduation jobs to last year’s percentage of the graduating class, and this year’s seniors plan to work in similar fields as past years’ graduating seniors.
The Dartmouth’s survey found that of 271 respondents, 65 percent are entering the workforce following graduation, similar to past years’ survey results — in 2019, it was 73 percent, and in 2018, it was 59 percent. The most common industries among seniors with post-graduation jobs are finance and banking, then consulting, followed by technology and engineering. These three fields account for 74 percent of post-graduation employment.
Angelina Choi ’20, an incoming portfolio analyst at the investment firm Brown Advisory, said the prevalence of these kinds of jobs among seniors was “expected.”
“Dartmouth doesn’t do a great job of advertising the diversity of jobs out there,” Choi said. “[The Center for Professional Development] definitely pushes students to feel pressured into conforming to what seems like the typical path for a Dartmouth student, or scares them from exploring other things that may align with their interests, passions and talents more.”
Monica Wilson, interim director for the CPD, said that many students are going into those industries because of early recruitment patterns.
“Employers who are able to make [job] offers far in advance are in those sectors, so students were able to secure those opportunities pre-COVID,” Wilson said.
Students in finance, consulting and technology jobs tend to obtain junior summer internships during sophomore summer recruiting and later accept return offers, or go through recruiting during junior fall or winter. Students in jobs with later recruiting timelines or less structured recruiting schedules have had more difficulty finding jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Callie Page ’20, who is looking for a job in UI/UX design, said that there is no “formal recruiting process” for those not interested in certain fields like finance.
“People who aren’t interested in the more financial jobs are left to their own devices,” Page said, adding that students tend to have to network with alumni.
She added that many seniors counted on having the spring as a time to look for jobs. This year, however, Page said that “[i]t feels like [recruiting is] put on hold, and people are still looking [for jobs] but not getting anywhere.” She added that it may be difficult for students to find jobs if companies are putting hiring and training — which may be especially difficult to conduct remotely — “on pause” to focus resources elsewhere.
Choi said that while many seniors still have their jobs, their work plans have been affected in other ways — like a change in start date or working remotely rather than in an office.
Vineela Kanagala ’20, an incoming consultant at a health care Putnam Associates in Boston, said that students who have jobs — or tentative plans that may be affected by COVID-19 — have “similar anxieties” to those who don’t. Choi said that many who do have jobs are worried about losing them given the job market difficulties.
“It’s hard to think anyone is safe [from losing their jobs],” Choi said.
Students who will be working remotely must decide where to live post-graduation, given the possibility that their companies may expect them to come into the office in the near future.
Choi, who is quarantining in Georgia with her family, plans to move to Boston for her job, even though her position will initially be remote.
“At a certain point, [seniors] are going to have to be settled in and ready to go once the offices are ready to go,” Choi said, adding that “it’s just nice to have some time to move in.”
Other students, like Kanagala, have had their start dates pushed back. Should her employer confirm in-person plans, she will move to Boston for work before her new October start date, four months after her planned start in June. Otherwise, she said that she will consider staying home in Connecticut while working remotely.
Nick Blasey ’20 said students in some industries — especially those that rely on long-term projects and long-term clients — seem to have more job security than others during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blasey, an incoming build engineer for the laser communications team at SpaceX, secured a job offer last fall. He said that he “feel[s] fortunate that a lot of these space projects are long-term contracts that have been negotiated a long time ago,” so SpaceX and his job have not been affected as much by the economic downturn.
Wilson forecasts that there will be significant changes in the job market over the next 10 years.
“For the next few years, there are definitely industries that will take time to come back [from COVID-19] and others that have greatly benefited,” she said.
According to Wilson, industries “where face to face, close contact is required” will probably have to contend with the lingering habits formed by social distancing. Meanwhile, “anything that can support remote work” — from remote entertainment and hospitality to distance learning software — will see the greatest benefit, she said.
From Wednesday, May 13 to Sunday, May 24, The Dartmouth fielded an online survey of Dartmouth senior students on their opinions and experiences at the College. The survey was sent out to 1,078 seniors through their school email addresses. 271 responses were recorded, resulting in a 25.1 percent response rate. Using administrative data from the College’s Office of Institutional Research, responses were weighted by gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, Greek affiliation and international student status. Weighting was done through iterative post-stratification (raking). Survey results have a margin of error +/- 5.15 percentage points.
In their 15 years in the industry, they have encouraged employers to offer remote working as a benefit to help them capture in-demand talent. However, they quickly became frustrated by the limitations of traditional jobs boards where a role is locked to a single location, usually restricting recruiters to a pool of candidates within a 25-mile radius.
The first of its kind in the UK, remote-jobs.com allows companies to effectively advertise their remote working opportunities in a way not possible before.
This timely venture allows recruiters to advertise any type of remote role by using the site’s custom search filters which allow employers to categorise the remote level the opportunity provides. This includes opportunities from 100% Remote to Ad-hoc Remote (1-2 days per month) or even Field Remote (UK / Region-based with client-side meetings). This gives a voice to remote-friendly roles that are currently lost on generalist job boards, putting more opportunities in front of a larger talent pool.
With remote working on the rise and catalysed by the COVID-19 pandemic, forward-thinking businesses are updating their flexible working policies. remotejobs aims to nurture a community of such companies and help them realise the full value of remote working for some or all of the time. In addition to expanding companies’ candidate pools and helping to reduce overhead costs, some of the proven benefits are:
Research has shown that remote working increases performance. A study from Gallup shows that optimum employee engagement occurs when they spend between 60% and 80% of time working remotely. Highly engaged workplaces see 21% higher profitability and 40% fewer quality defects.
Less commuting means happier employees (not to mention cost-saving to them). According to a Lloyds Bank study, the average worker spends £37,399 over their lifetime on commuting.
“At remotejobs our mission is to help companies unlock more talent by being more remote-friendly. Over the years we’ve been championing the benefits of offering remote days as a key benefit and have seen hiring wars won and lost on a company’s policy to offer remote-working. Great talent can be based anywhere and remotejobs’ remit is to put more opportunities in front of relevant talent who’s dream job could be with an employer 250 miles away.”
There is high potential for more people to work from home regularly as 57 per cent of the jobs in Singapore’s economy are done by professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing.
People are actually questioning the need to go to the office regularly, beyond having to retrieve physical documents or use specialised machinery, he added.
As working from home becomes more widely accepted and workers have greater flexibility in arranging when they need to go into the office, the transport system will be one of the beneficiaries, he said in an interview with The Straits Times this week.
Not having to cater to a narrow peak hour in the morning or evening can save Singapore “quite a lot of money”, he said.
“As (Minister for Communications and Information S.) Iswaran and I always say, never waste a crisis. So, we can make full use of this situation to push for greater digitalisation,” Mr Chan said.
He also said that small and medium-sized enterprises and some larger firms have also become very innovative, adaptive and agile during the circuit breaker.
“They have all taken on board many of these Internet technologies to expand their market share, and I think there is no turning back.
“Once they are onto this path and they see the potential for this, they will definitely continue on this trajectory,” he said.
He noted, however, that there will still be many jobs that need on-site workers, such as those in the military or Home Team and in the medical field, and they need to be able to go back to work safely.
Mr Chan also highlighted the need for workers to build deep core skills and complementary adjacent skills, as well as master digital platforms, to ensure their job prospects remain bright.
For example, an accountant who also has some business advisory, legal and finance skills will be able to provide more all-round services and compete beyond Singapore.
Even rank-and-file jobs like those of security officers can be transformed so that workers develop a wider range of skills, he said.
He cited how Certis has gone from just offering security services to also providing taxi queue management and concierge services at Changi Airport, as well as management of facilities and fire command and control systems at commercial buildings.
With a bit of technology and reworking of processes, one worker can be much more productive and able to do more things, the minister added.
Another example is how many central kitchens have automated processes so that even middle-aged, less educated workers can take on jobs there and earn better salaries than if they were to work as cleaners or fast-food servers, he said.
Singapore has to keep pushing the boundaries to ensure that better jobs are created for Singaporeans, Mr Chan added.
“I don’t belong to the school of thought that says that just because today they are cleaners, then forever they must continue to do the same thing, (with) the same job scope and earn the same pay,” he said.
“Our job is to always ask ourselves: How can a fellow Singaporean do better, earn more and have a better life?”
“While this job market of course is not what new graduates expected, it is possible to find employment, especially if you’re willing to broaden your job search to fields that haven’t been as impacted by the pandemic,” said Sara Sutton, CEO and Founder of FlexJobs.
While the economic forecast is dim and certain industries have slowed down or halted hiring, there are others that are experiencing healthier hiring activity, such as healthcare, customer service, computer/IT, education, and accounting.
“While this job market of course is not what new graduates expected, it is possible to find employment, especially if you’re willing to broaden your job search to fields that haven’t been as impacted by the pandemic,” said Sara Sutton, CEO and Founder of FlexJobs. “It’s important to remember that under these circumstances it may not be possible to land your dream job in your chosen field right now, but you can still gain experience and join the workforce in a meaningful way. And fortunately, remote work can remove the geographic limitations to a job search, so focusing on work-from-home jobs can also significantly increase access to potential job opportunities,” Sutton concluded.
Based on data from the FlexJobs company database of more than 52,000 companies, these fifteen companies have recruited for the most entry-level, remote jobs since March 1, 2020.
1. Robert Half International 2. Randstad 3. K12 4. Aerotek 5. Appen 6. Kelly Services 7. Pearson 8. VocoVision 9. Momentum Solar 10. UnitedHealth Group 11. Keywords Studios 12. Independence University 13. Kforce 14. RevLocal 15. Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing
The following ten remote job titles typically have requirements that would be appropriate for new college graduate candidates and are currently hiring.
1. Claims Processor 2. Customer Support Representative 3. Graphic Designer 4. Product Manager 5. Sales Representative 6. Social Media Specialist 7. Software Developer 8. Technical Support Representative 9. Tutor 10. Writer
FlexJobs experienced a 7% increase in the number of its remote job listings April 2020 over March 2020. The industries currently offering the most 100% remote job listings (meaning jobs that don’t require any office time) across all career levels are below, and also strong bets for new graduates to explore:
1. Customer Service 2. Medical & Health 3. Computer & IT 4. Education & Training 5. Therapy 6. Accounting & Finance 7. Project Management 8. Sales 9. Internet & Ecommerce 10. Marketing
About FlexJobs FlexJobs is a premium online job service for professionals seeking flexible work, specializing in full-time and part-time remote jobs, employee and freelance jobs, and on-site jobs with flexible, part-time, and alternative schedules. Since its start in 2007, FlexJobs has helped more than 4 million people in their job searches and has created the largest vetted database of legitimate flexible job opportunities in over 50 career categories. In addition, FlexJobs provides robust career support, including curated expert resources and career coaching services, to partner with job seekers in all phases of their journey. A trusted source in the media, FlexJobs has been cited in top national outlets such as CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, and many others. FlexJobs’ Founder & CEO Sara Sutton has also launched two additional partner sites, Remote.co and 1 Million for Work Flexibility, to help provide education and awareness about the viability and benefits of flexible work. Sutton is the creator of The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, & Distributed), dedicated to helping companies leverage the benefits of telecommuting, remote and distributed teams.
Now might be a good time to permanently trade in your cubicle for the comfort of your own home.
But if you are looking to land an at-home job, you will need a slightly different resume.
Brie Reynolds, career development manager at recruiting site FlexJobs, said that many people already have the skills to succeed at a remote job. Applicants just need to present themselves as someone primed to work from home.
As with most traditional jobs, remote employers are looking for good communicators and self-starters, but they also need people who are able to form relationships across boundaries.
“You really do have to put yourself out there as somebody who can work remotely and work flexibly,” Reynolds said. “And that includes being comfortable with technology, being able to do online meetings and having an understanding of different platforms that companies communicate on.”
You will also need your own equipment. Check out this video to see exactly what tools will be essential and to learn more about how to land a job working remotely.
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Meet.Jobs regularly organize “Agile Interview” and “Speed Interview” for those enterprises who are eager to hire best talents more sufficiently, instead of going through the process with traditional human resource agencies, as they may not plan to spend much on headhunters, either. With Agile Interview and Speed Interview, employers and candidates can go through a quick interview, which may be 10-15 minutes, remotely. Whoever passes the Agile Interview or Speed Interview will be qualified for the following recruiting process.
With this alternative solution, the recruiting process can be more efficient than the traditional process. Meet.Jobs has helped a client to hire nine senior IT engineers within two weeks, which was a record breaker.
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Even the BYU library is considering which, if any, jobs can be done remotely after the pandemic is over, according to Roger Layton, the library’s communications manager. Layton said that he suspects, however, that most employees will return to campus when the library becomes fully operational.
Jason Alleger is a consumer insight specialist for Traeger Grills and a BYU business professor. He said he believes that coming out of the pandemic, the world of business and employment is never going to be the same.
“You’re going to have a lot more people working from home than you ever have in the history of the world,” Alleger said.
Alleger said he thinks this could be a good thing for company productivity. One study said that people working from home were 13% more productive than people who work in an office. Alleger said that he’s noticed the difference in himself during this time. Alleger said he’s spent a lot more hours working each day than he did before coronavirus.
“I feel like during this time everybody works extra hard because they want to protect their job. This is not the time to slack off in your job, during a major recession,” Alleger said.
BYU business professor Shad Morris said the move to online work has created a new set of challenges related to how people connect with each other, but he said he believes those challenges are going to inspire the next wave of innovation.
There are already plenty of online systems meant to help employers keep track of their employees while working remotely, and Morris says these programs will likely become the norm because of the way the job market is shifting. He said the purpose of these programs is to make sure that employees are being just as productive from home as they were in an office.
“It’s not necessarily that they’re trying to control everything you do. It’s just ensuring consistency and quality in the work that’s done,” Morris said.
According to Morris, the coronavirus pandemic has simply been a means of speeding up job trends that were already gaining traction, like the freelance or “gig” style of working, where companies hire professionals to complete some task on a one-time, contractual basis, meaning less and less people will have traditional full-time jobs.
“That’s where the future market is heading. Those are the companies that are really going to be jumping up in value — companies that create a platform online for people to come together and work,” Morris said.
With the global digital transformation, many of the interactions that enterprises have with their customers are shifting online. Identity verification must be done remotely. Now banks, mobile operators, and other enterprises must enroll and authenticate their customers without ever meeting them face-to-face. They must do it in a way that is secure, convenient, and complies with regulations.
“Identity verification is fundamental to how enterprises interact with their customers. It builds mutual trust between both parties and allows them to perform transactions both online and in-person.” said Avneesh Prakash, head of Digital Identity, Idemia.
Traditional enterprises and service providers can benefit tremendously from remote identity verification. This includes financial institutions, mobile network operators, insurance providers, sharing- and gig economy platforms, eCommerce companies, and online gaming services, just to name a few.
Digital transformation has fueled interest in remote identity verification in some sectors and has sparked the creation of new use cases in others.
Telehealth. In Telehealth, providers enable patients and doctors to conduct a virtual visit without having to meet face-to-face. This reduces the risk of spreading disease to care providers or other patients at a care facility. Identity verification must be done on both sides to establish trust, verify the patient’s identity.
Online education. The verification of student identities is an important factor in the successful implementation of a distance learning program. While a wide array of effective and trusted authentication methods are available, these methods still do not document that the student who is authenticated is actually the one who is taking the exam. Verifications such as biometric user verification and keystroke recognition (behavioral biometrics) can solve the key challenges in distance/online education.
Remote hiring. Increasingly, people are looking for remote jobs and prefer working from the comfort of their homes rather than traveling to an office for a desk job. Remote job openings are on a massive growth path — with some research showing an estimated increase of more than 150 percent since 2018. Digital biometric identity verification is essential in curbing issues such as fake documents, by enabling the verification and authentication of a candidate’s identity against the provided documentation.
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