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Why Millennials are choosing work-from-home jobs

By Elsbeth McSorley

Diving into the minds of Millennials and why they are ditching the cubicle for the couch

At a certain point, the new workplace era deserves a priority check. Today’s Millennials are opting for work-from-home jobs and hiring managers are struggling to find out why. While fulfillment—a common Millennial work trope—does play a role, several deeper motivators are at work across 2017 workplaces. Check out the biggest reasons professional minds are selecting stay-at-home-work.

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Millennials Believe Financial Performance Shouldn’t Be Prioritized

A study by Deloitte showed that 87 percent of Millennials consider financial performance incomparable to other workplace decisions. Sure, Millennials are idealistic, but digging up the financial dirt should be a priority of everyone, right?

Well, not necessarily. The changing relationships between clients and customers has made digital work easier. In short: Millennials consider remote contact to be superior to workplace governance. While customer care standards do exist, the freedom of customer interaction may benefit the modern Millennial’s values.

Remote-Based Job Salaries Are Growing

Work-from-home jobs are simply becoming more profitable for the millennial crew. Money does count, on some level, and it can be an excellent motivator for work-at-home gurus creating digital entrepreneurships. Today’s social media access, smartphone compatibility, and real-time service options are simply beneficial to a remote-working Millennial.

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Crowdsourcing is Growing

Crowd-funded workers are united by an incredible drive for adaptable labor. Millennials, among retirees and stay-at-home parents, are pushing the generational change harder, making crowdsourcing a viable avenue for income. Today’s Millennials, comprised of 53-percent workers and 72-percent students, consider making an impact to be essential. Fortunately, crowdsourcing works. Unfortunately, it’s dragging Millennials away from the workplace.

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Social Entrepreneurship is on the Rise

As stated above, it’s becoming easier to make an impact online. More importantly, however, is the rise of Echoing Green’s fellowship of social entrepreneurship. That’s right: Digital entrepreneurship is actually being institutionalized and a lot of leading universities are teaching it.

Even high school students and young professionals can access these courses, creating further discord between hiring businesses and the young minds they wish to promote. The social entrepreneurship field has certainly captured the minds of Millennials, creating a slew of opportunities—some, even, with a chance of eventual brick-and-mortar hiring opportunities.


Millennials Want To Own Businesses

Faith in the public sector needs to be questioned. Today, 29 percent of adults consider public schools, the military, and the government to be solid job options. That said, only 22 percent of young respondents agreed. Millennials, now, are becoming ever-keen on operating their own businesses and they’re opting for accessible avenues to brick-and-mortar leadership. As minority workers still struggle with employment, it’s similarly likely Millennials are losing faith in the public sector, as a whole.

Millennials are turning to new skies for inspiration, job security, and healthy living—and that isn’t so bad. If you’re a hiring manager or if you’re attempting to dodge the eventual “HR drought bullet” destined to arrive due to increasing remote workers, you’re in luck. Today’s business providers are turning to digital opportunities, too, to pick up straying Millennials.

By targeting digital workers, workplaces can hire innovative minds who are already self-motivated. Sure, they’ll be used to the freedom, but they’re certainly valuable human resource opportunities.

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Elsbeth is the content and community manager at PI.

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