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How to Avoid Work From Home Distractions

Working remotely first came to play in the 1970s, but really didn’t gain traction until the 1990s.  Telecommuting, as it was known, was given as a perk by many companies and tended to be on an as-needed basis. Fast forward to today, and we see companies like Google, Apple, and Amazon adopting this as a new norm for their office workers.

Working from home can be a great thing, but not everyone can do it. Distractions with kids, spouses, pets, and just being in the house can make it difficult to focus on your work. So how does one stay motivated and avoid distractions? Here’s how to avoid work from home distractions.

Have a dedicated area just for you

Having a bedroom or office set up where you can close the door and work without distractions is ideal. Don’t have an extra room? Get creative and think about your garage, sunroom, or mudroom. The attic should be the work refuge of last resort!

Set boundaries

Many people are working from home with spouses and significant others, and this can be a serious distraction. Make sure that you set boundaries and enforce them! Set lunch dates and make lunch together, but otherwise, between those certain hours, you are in the “do not disturb” zone. Kids are a little more challenging. If you have kiddos at home, try and have activities for them, such as movies, games, and snacks available.

Pets

The most lovable family member and the most challenging when working from home. Raise of hands from everyone who has been on a Zoom video call to see a cat run across the desk, or jump on a lap, or a pooch who sticks its head under your arm for a scritch. If you have a video conference call, make sure you remove all pets from your work area.

Some work from home distractions are inevitable

You will inevitably encounter a potentially embarrassing moment while working from home! Here’s a hilarious example:

When that happens, just move on. Everyone is in the same boat! As for motivation, do your best to secure a work area and set those boundaries and expectations. Having your own space will allow you to focus and get the job done!

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If you are looking for great talent or a new job opportunity, reach out to Johnson Search Group. Companies are hiring, and candidates are looking. With over 35 years in the staffing industry, JSG is here to help! Give us a call.

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How to Successfully Recruit Remote Workers

Before the pandemic flipped the labor market upside-down, remote work was gaining popularity. Fast forward to today, and millions of Americans are working from home (and likely well into the future). In fact, even as hiring growth has slowed for many companies, there was a 12% increase in remote job listings from July to August. Thus, if you want to be competitive in the post-pandemic labor market, you must be able to attract job seekers searching for remote opportunities. Here is how your hiring team can successfully recruit remote workers.

Use appropriate keywords

To attract the right candidates, you need to use appropriate keywords. This will help weed out candidates uninterested in remote opportunities; the right keywords can also help job seekers find your job posts easier on job boards. Consider adding the word “remote” or other keywords in the job title.

For example, your job title could be “Cloud Engineer – Temporarily Remote.” This helps job seekers know right off the bat that this is a (temporarily) remote opportunity. Some other useful keywords are:

  • Work from home
  • Work from anywhere
  • Virtual
  • Remote
  • Remote Opportunity

Be transparent about what “remote” means

If you want to recruit remote workers, you have to be transparent about what “remote” means to your company. Is this job temporarily because of the pandemic? Is it only remote for a specific amount of time, say six months? Or is it remote permanently? To attract the right candidates, you must clarify this in your job descriptions.

If this position is just remote due to the pandemic, specify what the transition will be like afterward. Just because the job description says “remote,” it does not mean the job is 100% remote. Whatever the opportunity is, define it clearly to ensure you are not deceiving candidates.

Specify location requirements

A common misconception for remote opportunities is that candidates can live or work from anywhere. This is likely not the case for several reasons, such as employment laws, taxes, travel, and so on. Do you require your remote workers to come into the office once a week? If so, they have to live close enough to commute. Does the role involve a lot of travel? If it does, you may need candidates close to metro hubs for easy access to transportation and airports.

If there are location requirements, even if the position is mostly remote, you must clarify that in the job description to successfully recruit remote workers.

Partner with a recruiting firm

Working from home is a new concept for thousands of employers and employees alike. As a result, it will be challenging to recruit remote workers in the post-pandemic era. If your team is struggling to hire strong candidates in today’s market, partner with a recruiting firm. Johnson Search Group has connections all over the country with talented candidates ready to get back to work. Reach out today, and let’s discuss a partnership.

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Q4 Job Market Trends Amidst the Pandemic

January, February, Quarantine, October. This year has felt like a blur for many as we adjust to a new way of life. Surprisingly, we are already at the tail-end of the year, leaving many of us concerned about the rest of 2020. Although this has been a tough year, both economically and emotionally, the labor market is finally starting to rebound. Employers are slowly starting to lift their hiring freezes and bring back workers that have been on the sidelines for months. Other companies have been on a hiring frenzy to keep up with new demands and consumer lifestyles. Here are some Q4 job market trends to keep an eye on amidst the pandemic.

The competition will be tight

Even though the U.S. economy and the labor market are still in recovery mode, jobless claims rose 4,000 to 870,000 in the week ending September 17th. That puts the total number of claims to over 12.5 million. This is the lowest level of continued claims since mid-April but is still much higher than pre-pandemic levels.

As a result, millions of Americans are still out of work and will be competing for the same jobs as they slowly open back up. As competition rises, job seekers in every industry will have to be on their A-game. That means tailoring your resume, doing research, reaching out to your professional network, and putting yourself out there if you want to secure a new position by the end of the year. Employers are now in the driver’s seat for the foreseeable future, and job seekers will have to be resilient in their job search.

WFH migration

The work from home migration has been a heavy topic of discussion this year. Many employers embraced remote work, while others were resistant. Regardless of your stance, working from home is here to stay. Job postings for remote positions are skyrocketing as the pandemic lingers on, and it is encouraging a work from home migration away from big metro areas. Workers in markets such as Seattle, New York, and Silicon Valley are relocating to markets with a lower cost of living. After all, why work from an expensive, densely populated big city when you are working remotely?

This migration has a significant impact on companies’ hiring strategies and will likely impact salaries going forward. The five cities with the biggest gains in net arrivals are:

  1. Jacksonville, FL (+10.7%)
  2. Salt Lake City, UT (+9.6%)
  3. Sacramento, CA (+7.6%)
  4. Milwaukee, WI (+4.5%)
  5. Kansas City, MO (+3.9%)

The mid-west is also a hot spot for migration as workers look for a better quality of life and cheaper cost of living. However, are employers willing to pay their staff the same salaries if they move from the Bay Area to Sacramento? Job seekers will want to be conscious of this job market trend when relocating or searching for new remote positions.

Industries with the most robust outlook

Some industries were hit harder than others throughout the pandemic, while others are thriving with a new customer base and a change in consumer habits. The pandemic hit retail trade, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality the hardest. However, these are now the industries with the fastest growth and recovery rates.

Education and health services also are on the rise as many Americans are more reliant on these services. Additionally, transportation and warehousing have gone through tremendous growth as Americans shift their buying habits from brick and mortar stores to online purchases.

If you are looking for some of the hottest jobs right now, check out this article highlighting the jobs with the most demand.

Take your career to the next level

The country is still recovering, and there are still a lot of unknowns for the rest of 2020. However, these are a few job market trends that will happen in the last quarter of 2020. We asked Perry Paden, Senior Vice President of Johnson Search Group, his thoughts on hiring in Q4 and he said, “Budgets for 2021 are currently in full swing. Many companies are finding out that they have a considerable amount of their 2020 hiring budget remaining this quarter. Even though the hiring process has changed, hiring top talent has not. Many of our clients and prospective clients are struggling to find the best candidates on the market, and Johnson Search Group is here to help.”

If you are a job seeker looking to secure a new opportunity before the end of the year, look at our job board. We have hundreds of jobs available across the country, with clients looking for excellent candidates like you! Or if your department is in need of great candidates this quarter, we can help find the talent you need to end 2020 on a strong note. Partner with JSG today, and let’s take your career to the next level.

Small Town America Welcomes Workers

Small-Town America Welcomes Workers

The United States is experiencing an extreme shift. Major cities that were once bustling hubs of business are becoming less and less attractive. Overcrowding, contagion, and cost of living are becoming major deterrents for places like Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. Simultaneously, companies are shifting to remote work models – allowing their employees to get the job done wherever they are. We’re taking a more in-depth look at small-town America and what makes it so attractive to today’s workforce.

Incentives

Well, no doubt paying people to live in your city is a surefire way to attract them. Smaller towns throughout the U.S. are offering incentives for professionals to relocate there. For example, Savannah, Georgia, is offering a $2,000 per remote worker relocation benefit. “Whether or not the company is headquartered here, we want the high wage earners that can be remote to move here,” shared Jennifer Bonnett of the Savannah Economic Development Authority.  And other towns are following suit, including Tulsa and Topeka. Companies in small towns are also offering generous relocation packages for experienced candidates. (Including some Johnson Search Group partners!)

Cost Of Living

It is common sense that the cost of living is going to be lower in smaller cities. Lesser known, however, is that these areas also boast competitive salaries for professionals. And the combination of the two is hard to resist. Even their starting salaries are generous, attracting young professionals to launch their careers.

As you can see, there’s a common thread throughout these affordable cities. Eight of the fifteen are located in the Midwest. Texas also boasts an impressive three cities on the list.

Community Culture

The “small-town community feel” isn’t just a trope for romantic comedies. Most people consider small towns slower-paced and friendly. People report significantly higher job satisfaction in smaller communities. (Particularly in the Midwest!) The Wall Street Journal recently published, “Zillow and Redfin are both reporting spikes in single-family home searches in smaller cities.” Could “the American Dream” be having a resurgence? With the flexibility of working remotely, people can achieve their dream of living in a small community. The ability to purchase a home, have wide-open spaces, get to know your neighbors, and finally build that white picket fence are all within reach. 

Are you ready to pack up and move to small-town America? Whether you’re interested in relocating or just want to learn more, we’re here to help. Contact a JSG Recruiter today to start the conversation about what’s next for you!

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Remote Work Hiring Takes A Big Leap

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an enormous surge in remote work opportunities. Once considered a nice perk, millions of workers around the world must now work from home as they adhere to our local and federal social distancing measures. As a result, remote work jumped 28% last month. That’s no surprise due to most of us being stuck in quarantine to slow the spread. But what’s fascinating is job searches with key phrases “work at home” or “remote” were up a shocking 42% in March. In other words, the Coronavirus has influenced the mindset of employers when it comes to hiring new remote employees.

What remote work is out there?

Unfortunately, there are millions of furloughed workers around the country. Yesterday, the BLS announced another 5.2 million more unemployment claims were made, bringing the total to over 22 million since mid-March. However, many employers are still hiring, and it’s business as usual. Applications have more than doubled since last month for over a half-dozen higher-skilled jobs with decent pay, according to LinkedIn’s Senior Editor George Anders. These jobs include customer report representatives, business systems analysts, channel account managers, financial controllers, and quality assurance analysts.

Outside of applications, the top positions with the largest increase in job postings for remote work involve engineering skills. These are software engineers, full-stack engineers, and dev/ops engineers. Other job titles, such as computer sales associates, account executives, institutional sales, solutions architects, underwriters, developers, and sales engineers, are also seeing an uptick in remote hiring.

How to land a remote job

If you’re looking to secure a new work from home position, now is an excellent opportunity to do so. Many employers are changing their mindsets around working remotely. As employers roll out new work from home procedures, hiring managers are gaining confidence in their teammates working remotely. Many workers are flourishing with an increase in flexibility, better communication, and more employee-employer trust. So, if you’re one of the many workers sadly furloughed right now, here’s an excellent overview of what you should do to find your next career move, which very well may be a remote position.

Ever work with a recruiter?

If you’re ready to take the plunge, partner with a recruiter that specializes in your industry. At Johnson Search Group, we stand at the ready to help you find your next opportunity. Reach out to us today, and let’s discuss what a partnership looks like. Or if you just want to browse our exciting job opportunities, check out our job board.

COVID-19 Will Shape the Future Workplace

How COVID-19 Will Shape the Future Workplace

There is no disputing that the coronavirus has shaken up the workforce. The viral pandemic has made working from home the new norm for millions of workers. Thousands of employers have been encouraging or mandating employers to work remotely the last two months or so, and with the virus still hitting the labor market hard, working from home may last a few more. As a result, this shift in working environments is going to have a permanent impact even after the virus is no more. Here are three ways COVID-19 will shape the future workplace.

More flexibility

With millions of people now working from home, employers have to be more flexible. Even though more and more employers are offering the versatility of occasionally working remotely, most typically don’t offer remote work opportunities. However, with employers now allowing remote work to keep business running during mandated quarantine orders, mindsets are starting to change. Employers now realize that their workers can be just as productive (if not more so) while working from home. As a result, employers will likely be more susceptible to working from home days to offer a better work-life balance and use it as a tool to attract new employees in the future.

Better communication

Now that many of us are working from home, collaborating and communicating with our co-workers is looking much different. Instead of walking down the hall to ask a quick question or attend a weekly meeting, we are now using technologies like Microsoft Teams or Zoom to “meet.” In fact, Zoom’s stocks soared by an impressive 39% last month alone. These communication tools are allowing workers to stay in close contact with one another, even outside of the office. So now, instead of a long, drawn-out meeting that eats away a huge chunk of your day, we can send a quick message to a teammate and receive an answer in minutes. This gives us all time back in our schedules to get more work done.

this meeting could have been an email

Stronger employer-employee trust

This one is crucial. A lot of employers are skeptical (which is understandable) about allowing their employees to work remotely. Well, during this pandemic, many no longer have a choice. Employers that were once completely against working from home now have a complete team working remotely. And many are experiencing excellent results come from it. A recent survey found that working from home “not only benefits employees by eliminating their daily commutes, it also increases productivity and leads to healthier lifestyles.” This is a massive relief for employers that were against working from home before the virus impacted our workforce. As a result, employers will be more comfortable letting their teams work remotely in the future. And this trust will go a long way with employee retention.

Working from home is definitely an adjustment for both employers and their workers. However, there is a lot of good results from it and it’s safe to say that COVID-19 will shape the future workplace in a positive way.