A report from the Conference Committee on Thursday showed that employers and workers are engaged in a tug of war over the future of remote work, and if workers prevail, the northern frontline mountains may benefit.
Gad Levanon, director of the Labor Market Research Institute of the Conference Committee, said: “People have already started to relocate and they will continue to stay away from offices, the city center and the suburbs and beyond.” “We are talking about millions of people in the next ten years. Some areas will increase the population, some areas will lose.”
Adam Ozimek, chief economist of Upwork, a platform for freelancers and remote workers, said there is a “scope of certainty” around remote work that will affect workers’ willingness to relocate and the distance they will relocate.
If the employer clearly states that the remote work arrangement is temporary, it will eliminate the idea of relocation. If the employer adopts a mixed arrangement and requires people to show up a few days a week, some workers will be more inclined to move to more distant land and cheaper places, but within driving distance of the office. This is currently the most common mode.
However, if enough employers allow their workers to stay away altogether, then a large number of people are expected to move to more affordable areas. Depending on the industry and its labor shortage, insistents who are required to sit in their seats every day of the work week may quit their jobs.
Ozimek said: “With the development of the remote working economy, workers feel that they have more choices, which will make moving more attractive, moving to places where people want to move.” “If everyone else allows remote work , You have no right to control them (employees).”
More than one-third of employers surveyed by the Conference Committee expect that 40% or more of their employees will mainly work remotely after the pandemic, while only 5% of them allowed such arrangements before the pandemic.
About a quarter of organizations indicated that they are willing to hire fully remote employees in the United States, and 7% of organizations are willing to hire globally. The survey showed that only 13% of people said they would not hire remote workers, and nearly half of them held this position before the pandemic.
In various fields such as healthcare, food service, and education, remote work is impossible. And adoption rates vary. During a pandemic, employers in Pacific Rim and Northeastern states provide it more frequently, and less frequently in inland states.
Colorado stands out among the inland states, with a relatively high percentage of remote working. This is also where workers from more expensive areas have moved.
According to the Commercial Cafe rankings, two of the 20 most suitable cities for remote work are located in Colorado-Fort Collins and Boulder. Denver has also attracted the attention of more technology startups, with 2.3% of respondents ranking it as the most likely place to succeed.
According to a survey by Kim Mai Cutler, one thing the pandemic does is get rid of the control of the Bay Area. Before the pandemic, four in ten technology executives said the Bay Area was an ideal place, and only 6% were in favor of remote arrangements. Now, four in ten people are in favor of remote arrangements, and they are more open to alternative cities such as Denver, Miami, Atlanta, and Chicago.