Software & IT are the top fields for remote work
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

Of all the industries embracing long-term remote work, Software & IT companies are the ones offering workers the most flexibility, according to the latest LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index.

Forty-eight percent of Software & IT employers will offer full-time remote options long-term, according to the survey of almost 9,000 professionals in the United States, while 46 percent of Transportation & Logistics employers will follow suit. On the flip side, the industries with the fewest full-time remote options for employees are Public Administration (25 percent) and Education (31 percent).

Perhaps surprisingly, Finance (40 percent) is the fourth most flexible industry after Software, Transportation, and Legal (41 percent) services. What makes this stat stand out is that many high-profile financial executives have been adamant in the press about having workers return to the office, threatening pay cuts or firings for employees who refuse the return to a 5-day, 9-to-5 schedule.

Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman, for instance, made headlines in June when he said he’d be “very disappointed” if workers haven’t returned to the office by Labor Day.

“If you can go into a restaurant in New York City, you can come into the office,” Gorman famously told workers, adding, “If you want to get paid New York rates, you work in New York.”

While Morgan Stanley may be boldly proclaiming their stance on remote work, it comes at a time when remote work is now more valued by employees than ever before. A recent poll by Bloomberg found that while 39 percent of the overall workforce would quit if their employer took away remote work privileges completely, almost half of Millennials and Gen Z would do the same.

This emphasizes that the future is increasingly going to be remote, whether businesses today are ready for it or not.

While many companies are still ironing out whether they’ll offer full-time remote work at all (and how), others have taken a strong stance on hybrid work that marries the benefits of a shared office with the flexibility craved by potential workers.

Apple, for instance, recently announced that they would be following a three-day workweek going forward that calls for workers to visit the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, while enjoying a “work from anywhere” schedule the rest of the week.

But even in the big-tech space, there isn’t consensus on the best approach to work. Facebook, for instance, announced that all 60,000 of the company’s full-time employees are now eligible for permanent work-from-home privileges. And while Google has gone back-and-forth over how extensive their hybrid work policy will ultimately be, they’re still moving ahead on establishing both remote and in-office protocols.

While the kinds of work that can be done remotely continues to grow, there are still considerations beyond Internet access that may hinder a worker’s ability to be productive remotely. Many in development, engineering, or tech-heavy roles, for instance, must be able to ensure they have consistent network access to even qualify for the job.

It’s never been more critical that companies leverage tools that grant IT teams necessary visibility into end-user experience from any location. When teams can zero in on performance issues for any app, at any location, any time, they can focus more efforts on making the necessary network optimizations to support remote work for the long haul.


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