What roles will remain WFH after ‘social distancing’ ends?
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

As many workers adopt work-from-home (WFH) for the first time as part of global social distancing guidance, how many of these positions will remain remote after the pandemic subsides?

That’s been the million dollar question of late for many enterprise execs, as employees in positions across the corporate hierarchy are being put to the WFH test for the first time.

On the one hand, managers are quickly figuring out which positions lend themselves best to not just quickly onboarding for WFH, but keeping job performance on task despite the change of scenery. On the other hand, is this mass-march to WFH unveiling opportunities for employees to actually improve performance remotely, making certain roles ideal candidates for permanent WFH after the dust has settled?

Jobs in IT ahead of the WFH curve

The most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which predated the COVID-19 outbreak stateside, showed that almost 30 percent of the workforce were allowed to WFH on an average day prior to state and federal guidelines making it a requirement. While WFH options were historically offered as perks to lure top talent in competitive or strapped job markets, roles in IT, in particular, have long seen their ranks (and job descriptions) more tailored to remote work scenarios.

Overall, the ability of IT to more readily be equipped to work remotely comes from their role expanding to support remote workers in other departments. That’s because as remote workers become increasingly dependent on the enterprise network to stay connected regardless of where team members are located, IT teams have long had to employ remote management strategies that are coming in handy today.

Art Zeile, CEO of DHI Group, the parent company of IT talent firm Dice, noted in the company’s 2020 Salary Report that the off-shoring of technical resources and adoption of distributed team structures a decade ago “allowed companies to learn how to be effective in managing communication between disparate employees.”

“We have seen that most technologists are constantly balancing the need to stay connected with their teammates to work out interdependencies while creating enough personal ‘flow’ time to code and problem-solve,” Zeile recently told TechRepublic, outlining that many IT pros have long owned the skillsets they need to actually thrive remotely.

This underscores other reports that show not just improved productivity but the potential for major business savings as teams start striking office space and in-office resources from their budgets in favor of remote work solutions. In a recent post, we outline how companies could save on average roughly $3000 a head when they turn to remote work, though it really all depends on which role goes remote and what applications they’ll need to get the job done.


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