Woman at home office showing remote work

CommercialCafe’s latest study reveals that Atlanta is the top city for remote working for cities with more than 300,000 residents. Atlanta also places as the No. 3 city overall on the list of all U.S. cities (big and small) for working remotely in terms of internet connectivity, safety, and local amenities. The city has the highest score in CommercialCafe’s Remote Work Friendliness Index — with 67.3 points, highlighting the city’s fast internet, professional office availability, low housing costs, and thriving social and entertainment scene. The study shows that more than 4% of Atlanta’s workforce was working from home in 2019, an increase of 38% in four years (2015-2019).

An Atlanta Regional Commission survey of commuters in 19 metro counties, finds about 41% of  metro Atlantans work remotely from home at least occasionally — nearly double the 2007 number. This increase has been fueled by the pandemic, long commutes and Atlanta traffic –which seems doomed to remain crappy with continued work on I-285 and other major interstates.

An Upwork study forecasts that 36.2 million Americans will work remotely by 2025, an 87% increase from before the coronavirus pandemic emerged.

“As businesses adapt and learn from this remote work experiment, many are altering their long term plans to accommodate this way of working,” Upwork chief economist Adam Ozimek said in a press release. “On work marketplaces like Upwork, we can already see this shift underway with increased demand for remote professionals.”

Prior to the pandemic, remote working was more of a perk for corner-office types who proved themselves, creatives and freelancers. Since the industrial revolution, the only occupations that worked from home with any sort of regularity were farmers and those in creative occupations, like writers, painters and sculptors. Even the post-World War II era saw the invention of multi-level marketing, which allowed women to put their skills to work selling products out of their homes.

Recently the work world started changing, and the pandemic served as a force magnifier for trends and working from home was propelled years forward. According to a May 2021 Gallup poll, 72% of white-collar workers are still working from home. Personally, I think working from home is here to stay in some form, even if that is a hybrid model.

For those who find themselves in a position to work from home full-time indefinitely, the country — indeed, the world is their oyster so to speak.  I know people who packed their laptop, microphone, camera and ear buds and moved to the beach for a year or traveled for the past year. Some people can literally work from anywhere. However, there are ground rules for working from home. Having a specific place in the house that is set up to work is critical along with a fast, stable internet connection. For the Denim Marketing team, having multiple computer monitors and a decent cell signal to receive calls is also important. Visit the Denim Marketing blog for more tips on How to Make Remote Working Effective.

 

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