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Should I Take a Remote Work Position and Hope It Stays Remote?

This was originally posting in January of 2021. The most recent update was published on April 7, 2022.

Now that many of us have gotten a taste of remote work, we often can’t imagine going back. Remote work means employees have the flexibility to set what time they eat their meals and exercise, less office politics, the ability to take a quick break as needed, and a lack of a commute. This often translates into increased productivity which benefits employees and employers alike.

A question we’re often asked is “should I take a remote position and hope that it stays remote?”

Our answer is that it depends. Sometimes companies are determined to get their teams back on site as quickly as possible. Others are realizing that their companies can flourish with remote employees.

If you’re hoping that a role stays remote in the future, it’s a good idea to ask the right questions to gain valuable insight during the interview process.

The good thing about interviewing now is that companies have several years of verifiable data indicating how remote workers perform. Have they had success with their teams being remote? What message is leadership providing to their employees? What does leadership consider when making these types of decisions?

If you’re hoping your company lets you continue to work remotely, there are a few things you can do to increase the likelihood of this.

We suggest that you demonstrate your value as quickly as possible. Getting up to speed and quickly proving your value may help you continue some form of remote work. Specifically, examples of making money, saving money, improving a process or saving time are great ways to demonstrate your value quickly while working remotely.

Stay productive! According to FindStack, 77% of remote workers say they’re more productive when working from home, so prove to your employer you can be efficient.

How can you stay productive while working from home?

  1. Create a comfortable workspace with no distractions
  2. Make a to-do list each morning
  3. Use time management techniques
  4. Set weekly goals
  5. Communicate effectively

Don’t forget that you can always propose an alternative option.

If you find that your new employer feels strongly about a return to the office, you can offer alternate options. Propose a hybrid model. Schools across the country have adopted various hybrid models with success, and this might work for your employer. An option could be a 2-3 schedule, with you working from home for 2 or 3 days a week and coming into the office on the other days. Or maybe you can compromise on a schedule where you can work from home up to a certain number of days a month and select what fits best into your schedule.

Trends in Remote Work

According to Ladders, remote work will rise to 25% of all professional jobs in North America by the end of 2022 and continue to increase through 2023. There is a good chance your employer will be more receptive to allowing full-remote or hybrid positions moving forward.

About Executive Staffing Solutions

Established in 2000, Executive Staffing Solutions (ESS) began with a small, determined team dedicated to delivering exceptional recruiting solutions for clients and candidates alike. In the two decades since, our close-knit team has steadily grown to become one of the premier Healthcare Executive Recruiting Firms in the country.

Over the years, we’ve innovated and refined our managed care recruiting methods to produce a proven and repeatable process that continually exceeds expectations. While this uniformity allows us to consistently deliver the highest quality solutions, we realize that no two searches are identical. Our 200+ years of combined experience exclusively within healthcare recruiting positions our team to comprehensively understand and meet your needs, no matter the unique circumstances behind every search.

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