Remote work seems to be here to stay. With benefits like flexible hours, the lack of a commute, and improved work/life balance, it is no wonder that 98% of workers report wanting to have the option of working from home at least some of the time.

It has been fascinating to witness the effects that the work-from-home lifestyle has had on moving patterns. As the potential to work off-site grows, so too do the choices employees have of where to live. As a result, many people seem to be fleeing large, fast-paced, expensive cities like San Francisco and New York in favor of more affordable areas that offer a slower pace of life.

Remote work appears to have lasting power with projections that by 2025, 32.6 million Americans will be working from home. As a full-service moving company, Capital City Transfer is eager to see what this will mean for where both employees and their companies will choose to settle.

Remote Work and Relocation: The Employee Perspective

During the pandemic, the ability to work from home led one in ten Americans to relocate, and as remote work persists, many employees are realizing that they can move to more desirable locations while still doing their jobs.

As a result, many people are choosing to leave large cities. Remote workers who relocate cite an improved quality of life as the main reason they choose to leave, which is due largely in part to the following factors:

  • Cost of Living: Employees have found that they can live in places that are more affordable than the large cities to which they were once tied because of work. As a result, they live a more affordable lifestyle, which can boost their overall satisfaction.
  • Proximity to Family and Friends: Many remote workers report that a primary reason for moving is the opportunity to live closer to their loved ones. The added work/life balance and flexibility offered by telecommuting allows remote employees to spend more time with family and friends.

Remote Work and Relocation: The Employer Perspective

The pandemic forced companies to adapt quickly to a remote work landscape, and for the most part, they did it well. As businesses continue with remote work and hybrid models, their employees are often opting to move to lower cost locations that are closer to family and friends.

Many businesses are finding that this works for them as well and that productivity and communication are still possible even when their employees live further away. They are often aided in their efforts of maintaining collaboration and productivity levels by technological innovations including video conferencing platforms and employee monitoring software.

There are some workers, of course, who cannot work remotely, such as those in the service industry. The highest numbers of remote workers are in the following industries:

  • Computer/IT
  • Marketing
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Project Management
  • Medical/Health
  • HR/Recruiting
  • Customer Service

Capital City Transfer Can Help with Your Remote Work Relocation

If you are planning a move due to a remote job opportunity, we can help. At Capital City Transfer, we do it all, from packing and moving to storage. We can even help with a commercial move. Contact us today for a free estimate.