More people are working remotely rather than between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and this is a growing trend among Millennials. Quentin Kidd with the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University said employers are going to have to get used to this.
“Millennials would be just as comfortable working from home or working remotely as they would be working in a physical location,” said Kidd.
The Wason Center for Public Policy at CNU did a statewide study on Millennials in Virginia and what they want in their lives. Compared to ‘Baby Bookers” Kidd said Millennials have grown up in a mobile age, are accustomed to having fewer face-to-face interactions, communicating increasingly through email and instant messaging.
“When baby boomers were getting out of high school and entering the work world or getting out of college and entering the work world, they were most likely looking at going from high school to college and to a physical location. A lot of times they are not thinking where they go to work is where they will always going to work. “Baby Boomers” were really looking for a way to make a living. Millennials are looking for a way to fulfill themselves,” said Kidd.
According to a recent survey from Gallup, called State of America Workplace, reports more Americans are working remotely and nearly a third of those working out of the office are doing so four to five days a week.
Erin Lindstrom is a Millennial mother of two who works from home. She a copywriter for the company Your Hot Copy based out of New York. Even though Lindstrom works and lives in Virginia she has clients all over the world. She services most of them through online communication.
“We use Slack to keep things organized. On a daily basis I take calls like most for the day with perspective clients and just kind of explain to them the power of having a copy writer. Most of them are online entrepreneurs so we are working on their websites and making sure their message gets across,” said Lindstrom.
Lindstrom said working remotely affords here the opportunity to live the life she wants.
“What I'm able to do is spend time with my kids that is actually quality time. Because I'm also able to make money and use my gifts and passions to really feel fulfilled. They say that Millennials are so pretentious and get what they want but I think really we have a creative way of thinking about things and problem solving. There's jobs to be done out there. But we don't need to be in an office to do them,” said Lindstrom.
With a growing number of people considering working remotely Kidd said employers are going to have to be willing to add flexible scheduling. And also consider working remotely as an option to attract candidates.
“What's ultimately going to have to change is how people are clocked in terms of their work. How are they compensated. The old model which has existed for hundreds of something years says you work X amount of hours in a week you get paid X number of dollars and that's how we know you did your work. Going forward it’s going to be task or job oriented as opposed to hourly, said Kidd.