The Remote Work Gap: How to Add Flexibility in a Non-Flexible Industry or Job

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This is one of the hottest conversations in the workplace, today, and no, I’m not talking about the most challenging hiring environment we’ve ever seen before. I’m talking about remote work.

If you work for a software company, chances are you’re one of many people who is working a remote or hybrid schedule these days. But if you’re in some other industries, you’re likely feeling some different emotions because you may not have the option of working virtually. While it’s easy to get caught up in the discussion of the companies in the headlines, the truth is many employers (and their workers) don’t have the option of working remotely. Their work could be:

A product created in a physical environment A product delivered in a customer-facing environment A service delivered in a customer-facing environment

Still not sure what that encompasses? Consider this list:

Manufacturing Construction Agriculture Mining/Oil/Gas Retail Food service Healthcare Utilities Public service Leisure, hospitality, and travel Trucking and logistics

These industries employ millions of workers that do not have the option of connecting in and doing their job from a home office. And for more than a year, the conversation/debate has raged around this.

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