Though companies are re-opening their offices, most employees aren’t going anywhere but their own homes. Job listing site Flexjobs discovered that 65% of individuals would love to continue the remote work setup because it helps them save time and money. In fact, now that companies are ordering employees to work in offices, 58% of professionals said that they would go as far as quitting their jobs so that they could continue working from home.
If you happen to be one of those workers, it’s important to look for organizations that can provide a competent and healthy remote working environment. Consider these four remote work green flags before you say yes to the role!
Clear job responsibilities
Do the recruitment phrases “duties may vary” and “support senior staff” sound familiar to you? These phrases— along with other vague job descriptions— are recruitment traps that will lure you into jobs with no clear boundaries.
Job descriptions are details that you have to assess, since they outline the tasks and responsibilities that organizations want from you. These clear expectations are a green flag because you’ll get a preview of what your day-to-day work will be like in this role. Assessing these job descriptions allows you to gauge which companies provide reasonable workloads and which ones you should be passing on.
Definite working hours
Most remote work listings claim that you’re the boss when it comes to your work schedule. Remote jobs often offer flexible schedules, allowing early birds and night owls to work outside the 9-5 time frame.
Though organizations may offer flexible schedules, you need to make sure that employees aren’t expected to be available 24/7. Organizations that respect the definite work hours that you have set are worth working for, since they understand that your time is valuable. This setup prevents you from experiencing burnout, since your preferred work schedule can help you set boundaries between your work and home life.
Competitive salary rates
This may seem like a no-brainer. However, salary rates can get very confusing for professionals who are working remotely for international companies. Since rates can be drastically different in each country, you may want to double-check that you’re not getting underpaid for your role.
Disclosure of salary information is already a green flag, but you should still assess whether an offer is fair or not. To accomplish this, you can use several tools to assess the salary estimates for job roles. If the proposed salary falls within the estimated range for your job role and experience level, you’ve got a good option in your hands.
Available growth opportunities
Career growth opportunities are crucial to your professional development. Unfortunately, 38% of young professionals fear that employers may favor in-office employees over remote workers when it comes to promotions. These growth opportunities can affect one’s earning potential, which is why professionals may be discouraged from working in a remote setup.
This is a valid concern, which is why it’s important that you discuss growth opportunities during your interview process. Ask your potential employer regarding mentorship programs and promotion criteria for your role. If they are able to provide a clear-cut answer, you’ll know that these organizations are invested in the development of all their employees.
You can continue to enjoy a remote work setup, especially if you’re working for an employer that cares for your well-being and career. So before you sign on the dotted line, be on the look-out for these four remote work green flags.
Exclusively written for FreshRemote.work by Jordyn Brady
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