The office job days are over

The traditional office jobs are done! They’re in a spiral downfall and don’t seem to be returning anytime soon. Here’s why!

Unlocking tech talent stories

June 9, 2022

Wave your goodbyes to the old office jobs as you know them. 

You know the song “The dog days are over” by Florence and the Machine?! It says something like “Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father/ Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers / Leave all your love and your longing behind / You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive / The dog days are over / The dog days are done …”. It could easily be altered for “The office jobs are over/ The office jobs are done”. And even the remaining lyrics make sense, given that most professionals refer to the work-life balance as one of the main reasons for them to prefer remote jobs or (in some cases) hybrid jobs. 

Yes, you’ll probably be humming the song now. But you get the gist. The time for the old-fashioned office jobs has come to an end (or we’re on the way there).  

Office jobs: hold your bullets

Over the past two years, a lot has changed. The first quarter of 2020 marked the turning point concerning the work trends and expectations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workforce had to forcibly shift to a remote mode. And thanks to technology and innovative working methods it went pretty well. So well, that employers and professionals are now embracing more flexible schedules and for their teams which are already working from home, leading to new work trends and newer remote options as well. 

The big question: is remote work here to stay? Are remote workers more productive? 

Well, this was a hot topic just recently, thanks to Elon Musk. The Telsa boss made quite a fuss by declaring that remote work was no longer acceptable for Telsa professionals and ordering them to return to the office full-time and those who are unwilling to comply can – as stated by Elon Musk himself on Twitter –“pretend to work somewhere else”. This new policy was shared by email and leaked to social media and had some controversial rules, namely, “everyone at Tesla is required to spend a minimum of 40 hours in the office per week” and “if you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned.”

People just went ballistic over this statement. And no wonder why. Recent statistics just show the complete opposite. Remote workers not only are more productive, but they’re also happier. This might also mean a big loss for the Tesla group, as many professionals who don’t want to go back to this office jobs concept might leave for good while constituting a great opportunity for companies which are embracing remote work and accepting these highly capacitated professionals with their arms wide open. Let’s dig a bit deeper. 

The downfall of office jobs

While some companies were already profiting from having remote work policies, the pandemic worked as a major workforce shift. But as it is now, there’s no turning back. We already mentioned the benefits of remote work. And it goes deeper than the absence of long commutes, a better work-life balance, flexible working schedules, flexible working location or increased productivity. It also means that companies can now recruit professionals with different backgrounds and/or specific needs while cutting some costs, for example. 

And this is where the traditional office jobs are losing ground as they’re failing to compete with all the benefits that remote work offers. Yes, some will say that professionals are missing out on the human contact and the social aspects that a full office job has to offer, but is this relevant for professionals? 

Statistics say no! Especially when talking about tech professionals as displayed by the Global Tech Talent Trends report, published by Landing.Jobs is a good example of this. 

The report gathered data from over 6500 professionals from all over the world and approached several topics, such as Demographics, Professional Roles, Tech Stacks, Remote and Global Work, Career Management and Salary & Perks. The document intends to provide valuable insights that might allow tech professionals to make more informed career decisions, while also helping companies to understand these new working trends to position themselves in the recruiting market to ensure they hire the best professionals globally. 

Just so you have an idea: 

  • 88,8% of the inquired tech professionals work full or hybrid remote
  • 18,6% of professionals work remotely for a company across borders
  • 8.9 out of 10 professionals are highly motivated for this type of work
  • 25.1% of professionals point out a better work-life balance as the main reason to work remotely 
  • 23,2% of the inquired professionals say that quality of life is the main reason to relocate to another continent 
  • Full office jobs are the most poorly paid (1.9 times less than full remote jobs)

Veni, Vidi, and vici (came, saw and conquered) is the best way to define the remote work entrance. According to the Global Tech Talent Trends report “tech professionals all over the world are highly motivated to work remotely for a company in another country”, this happens due to the COVID-19 pandemic which matured remote work methods and policies, and helped to “bring down the cultural barriers that still existed, both from companies and tech professionals”. 

“Tech professionals all over the world are highly motivated to work remotely for a company in another country.”

For most professionals “the freedom to work wherever they want come in third, showing the relevance of improving the ownership of their careers and contributing to higher levels of quality of life”, which is something that full office jobs can’t offer. 

But if there are any doubts, you must know that “7.6 out of 10 tech professionals are looking to change jobs in the next 3 months”. And to complete this, a recent article by CNBC noted that “two-thirds of the global workforce (64%) said that they have already, or would consider, looking for a new job if their employer wanted them back in the office full-time”

Sick of office jobs?! Join the force: be remote! 

Isn’t this enough to prove that the office jobs days are gone?! Yes, we think so too.

So, if you want to access more data like this about the global tech industry, download the Global Tech Talent Trends report here and get access to the full data. 

But if you’re already looking to leave your office days behind and decided to go for a remote job, don’t forget to take a look at the full list of job offers we have available on our website.

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