“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” –Edith Lovejoy Pierce
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A new year always comes with new trends and opportunities. I was recently reading a Yahoo Finance article titled “Most workers are ready to look for new jobs in 2011”,
“According to a recent survey by job-placement firm Manpower, 84% of employees plan to look for a new position in 2011. That’s up from just 60% last year.
Most employees have sat tight through the recession, not even considering other jobs because so few firms were hiring. For the past few years, the Labor Department’s quits rate, which serves as a barometer of workers’ ability to change jobs, has hovered near an all-time low.”
The biggest developing theme in 2011 will be the increasing restlessness and job shifting by workers as the job market begins to improve. Other trends include the weakening of the US dollar and corresponding increase in oil prices, increased reliance by business on contract workers and outsourcing, and wider acceptance of remote work are beneficial to the Remote Worker.
As a current or potential Remote Worker, here is how you can take advantage of these trends in 2011;
- The improving job market and employee movement between positions will give the current Remote Worker the opportunity to negotiate better terms, pay or benefits, and provide additional freelance opportunities. For those of you desiring to work remotely in 2011 now is your opportunity to request a remote work agreement with your employer or customer. If they are not flexible or open to a remote work arrangement, the improving job market will provide new opportunities.
- A weakening US dollar and higher oil prices will increase pressure on employers and governments to promote remote work. Employees will also push harder for remote work arrangements as their cost of commuting quickly rises.
- As competition forces companies to squeeze more productivity and flexibility out of workers, the trend toward using contract, freelance, and outsource workers will grow rapidly, and these positions are largely filled by Remote Workers.
2011 is going to be a great year for the Remote Worker. Have a happy and safe holiday and a prosperous 2011.
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