The Millenials pushed for work-life balance more than anything. Too much-structured work and hierarchy created a rift between prior generations. With this dilemma and the advancements in telecommuting, the conception of remote work has taken place.
Now, many Millenials opt to travel the world while remote working or some may simply work from home. I mean. Why would you engage in an 8 to 5 location dependent job when you can find work with flexible hours in any comfortable part of the world?
But is this trend really JUST for the soul searching yuppie? Is the somewhat utopian setup just enjoyed exclusively by this arguably tech savvy generation?
The Older People Beg to Differ
The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce Report shows surprising results against the “commonly known” statistic.
Apparently, the average age of remote workers is typical for 35 years old and the Baby Boomers (50 years up). The picture of the whimsical Millenial dominating the “job market” is currently not true (at least for this country).
It may be different for your country, but what’s for certain is that the “more mature” generation is catching on.
Many factors can be attributed to this rising trend. Numerous studies have confirmed the advantages of remote working in minimizing stress, maximizing productivity, and improving overall work life balance.
In addition, with the 21st-century Parenting Woes, one factor for the Gen-X and Baby Boomers might be the lack of time with the family.
Instead of the usual “two-parent-working scheme”, people now have the option to prioritize both career and family time by working at home.
A good compromise for today’s demanding times.
Rise of Result-Oriented Metrics
Another reason is that, usually, the companies that take on such remote work setups are RESULT-ORIENTED. Most senior positions are now offered remotely because the older generations have proven themselves to be productive amidst no supervision.
Some companies even offer this arrangement to their long-standing employees because they have already garnered the trust of their enterprise.
With the changing work landscape, this highly sought after executives/senior employees can provide “consultancy” services to these companies (that can even provide savings for their firm).
To address your qualms in considering such a bizarre field, you are not alone. It is not too late to utilize your expertise in today’s evolving competitive market.
A lot of people have been doing it already. With your experience, why can’t you?