Earlier this year, PeopleG2 was the feature of an article in the Orange County Register newspaper. The article, titled, “Employees Told to Go Home – and Work” was the center piece of an article on telecommuting and virtual employment.
In a recent interview on TalentTalk Radio, Eric Severson, the Co-CHRO for Gap Inc. talked about how his company, with 80% of its employee base coming from the Millennial Generation, has embraced the need for a flexible work environment. Companies from large to small are recognizing that there is a need to try different things. Obviously, technology presents different options of defines the “work space” and the traditional 40 hour work week for many companies looks vastly different. Whether it is virtual employment a company offers, or something else that breaks from the norm, the landscape of the “office” is transforming and 2015 will only further these trends.
There are a lot of articles being written right now about the Millennial Generation, what defines them, and how they fit into the job market. Companies are working to develop models to accommodate a generation born into technology and fast paced changes. What many businesses are finding, however, is that even the older baby boomer generation are adopting those changes. While many find it a struggle, the idea of virtual employment appeals across the generation gap, of course, not in all cases.
Virtual employment provides for greater flexibility, but it also provides employees autonomy and makes them even more accountable to completing their duties. Some might consider a virtual platform, or flexible working agreement tempting to those who just want to escape from the under the bosses thumb, but in reality, it provides the need to stay on task and show that things are being completed.
Successful companies will find ways to engage the up and coming workforce. In 2015, companies that are being strategic in their approach will consider virtual employment or other creative ideas to continue moving in a direction that meets the needs of today’s changing working environment.