Over the last nine years, Willory has been recognized as a leader in creating a positive organizational culture, in large part due to our virtual work environment. Our entire team works out of their home offices the majority of the work week, but we do still get together regularly for meetings and social gatherings. As a result, our culture supports flexibility and freedom for our team, and we've learned a lot about the benefits of virtual work along the way. As the world continues to virtualize, it's crucial to think about the impact on HR and payroll professionals.
Increasingly, HR professionals are considering contract work, which many within the workforce are migrating to. But contract work isn’t for everyone as success relies on a tolerance for risk as well as a personality that may have to be “on” more than you are comfortable with. Contract jobs can be a foot-in-the-door for a long-term job, but they can also become temporary lucrative and exciting career opportunities. They present the chance to try new things for a limited time or hone in on set skills and projects, allowing you to excel and change your day-to-day.
As “work at home” is on the rise, the common assumption is working from home takes its toll on employee engagement. With the number of remote employees jumping from 15% to 20% in the last four years, this could be cause for concern. The bad news is that it's not a matter of location that impacts engagement, because neither home nor office workers feel engaged.
Gallup reports that 30% of “fully remote employees” in the U.S feel engaged, compared to 33% of all employees in the US who reportedly feel that way. So, no matter where people work, they don’t feel engaged with their organization. And working from home only sees a slightly discernible engagement dip. This is glass “half full” news as more and more employees work remotely.
We all know the common trope – the one where a frazzled-looking HR professional is surrounded by piles of paperwork and filing cabinets. It would probably be funny if all of us hadn’t seen or experienced it at some point in our careers. However, by creating a culture of sustainability that image can be replaced by a superhero; one who champions both Mother Nature and employee integrity.