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A modern workforce

BY MYRON PENWELL

OPINION EDITOR

Photo courtesy of pexelsPeople working from home rather than the office is a new trend. It is not surprising when you consider all the advances in technology within the decade. We can talk to people across the world, in video conferences, and have information available at our finger tips. Much of this work that has been available has been with producing content and advertising online.

Online advertising revenue in the U.S. reached a record of $59.6 billion in 2015, up 20 percent from 2014, the Interactive Advertising Bureau stated(bloomberg.com). “It can be easy to spot online; all we must do is open our FaceBook. Scrolling through our feed we can see the endless content that is posted on our timelines, and a lot of that work is produced by writers who are working remotely.”

It is not only writers who have had the opportunity to benefit for all the work that has been available online, jobs in: mortgage, real estate, human relations, recruiting, accounting, finance and even pharmaceuticals have been moving online for some of their jobs. There have been several sites that cater to the desire of companies to use remote workers, one of them being FlexJobs.

FlexJobs is a site catered to telecommuting, part-time, and freelance jobs and releases jobs from companies who use remote workers. The companies on the site has increased from 26 percent in 2014, to 76 percent in 2015, showing a growing demand for remote workers. The amount of jobs that were available increased by 36 percent in 2015(Forbes.com). It is not just smaller companies who have made the move to hiring more remote workers, companies such as: Amazon, Dell, Apple and Microsoft, do this also.

Remote Year founder and CEO Greg Caplan said, “Productivity has moved to the cloud; great work can be done anywhere. People are more creative and productive when they’re inspired by their surroundings.” (Forbes.com)

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