How much location flexibility is a required

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated remote and hybrid work models across the UK. Many companies plan to keep some level of location flexibility even as pandemic restrictions eased. So should you be open to a distributed or hybrid work arrangement in your job search?

Here are a few key considerations:

Benefits of location flexibility:

  • Access to more job opportunities, especially with remote-first employers. No longer limited by commute distance.
  • Potentially save on commuting costs and daily prep time.
  • Achieve better work-life balance with flexibility over when and where you work.

Challenges to evaluate:

  • Make sure you have a proper home office setup if taking a permanent remote role. Don’t underestimate the importance of ergonomic equipment.
  • Working remotely full-time can feel isolating to some. Have a plan for building connections and getting facetime with colleagues.
  • Communication and collaboration take more intention virtually. Discuss expectations with your manager.
  • You may need to be more proactive in managing your career development and seeking mentorship remotely.

Questions to ask potential employers:

  • What is your philosophy on remote work? Do you expect it to continue?
  • What percentage of the team works remotely versus in office?
  • How do you foster team cohesion and inclusion for remote staff?
  • How are remote workers evaluated and given growth opportunities?
  • Is remote work available for all roles or just some?

In most cases, being open to flexible working arrangements will expand your options in today’s job market. But thoughtfully assess your needs. Discuss expectations openly with employers. And don’t feel pressured to go 100% remote unless you’re certain it suits your work style. With thoughtfulness on both sides, location-flexible roles can enable successful hiring matches.

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