Millennials are Shifting Towards Telecommuting
Industry experts believe that the number of people telecommuting will increase as distributed workforces transition towards tech savvy millennial workers. Telecommuting is when an employee works outside the office, usually in their own home or a location close to home. According to a report by FlexJobs, a job-search website focused on telecommuting, 40 percent more U.S. employers offered flexible workplace options compared to 2010. Brie Reynolds, a senior career specialist at FlexJobs, states,
There has been this shift in the way generations see work. Millennials were able to complete homework from their home, and didn’t have to go to a library. It’s a big difference having to leave your space to get resources.
As companies look to attract more workers and figure out a solution for the U.S. immigration system’s tightening, more companies may get more comfortable with telecommuting. Millennials grew up with the internet and have been accelerating the shift towards telecommuting. Silicon Valley could definitely benefit from telecommuting and help make it more mainstream, because the housing prices are so high in the area that workers could save money by not having to live there. We will have to wait and see if more companies shift towards telecommuting and what affects it will have, if any, on the job market.