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Remote Work Will Increase Talent Pools, Diversify Workforces

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The global health crisis has changed the ways we think about how and where we work, and it’s looking like these changes are here to stay, even after things return to normal. According to GlassDoor, remote work offerings are up 28.3 percent from a year ago even while overall job listings are down 23 percent. This willingness on employers’ parts to consider remote candidates for job openings has the benefit of opening the field to a much larger supply of qualified candidates since hiring managers are looking beyond geographic constraints. “With technology and work collaboration tools, companies see employees are able to be productive” telecommuting, says Paul McDonald, senior executive director at staffing firm Robert Half International. By opening job searches in this way, “You’re able to tap into a pool of candidates that’s greater than what the company may have looked at before.” Another added benefit is that the diversity of the candidate pool increases. In May, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg estimated that up to 50 percent of his company’s workforce would be remote in the next decade, which would in turn diversify its workforce. “When you limit hiring to people who either live in a small number of big cities or are willing to move there, that cuts out a lot of people who live in different communities, different backgrounds, or may have different perspectives,” Zuckerberg says.

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