Two-thirds of full-time U.S. workers report they would immediately start looking for a new job with flexibility if their ability to work from home was taken away — and 39% would quit.1 Clearly, based on this data and other sources, remote work is here to stay.
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the move to remote work for healthcare organizations from the traditional in-person status quo within the industry. Today, according to Gallagher data, the majority of healthcare organizations report offering part-time (59%) and full-time (54%) remote work opportunities.2 This development certainly represents progress compared to pre-pandemic offerings. But compared to other industries where two-thirds of office workers report working part-time or full-time from home, healthcare lags in offering this flexibility.3
But why the need for a remote work strategy?
Let's give credit where it's due. Healthcare organizations were forced to quickly offer remote work options at the start of the pandemic for non-clinical roles. They, like most organizations, had no choice and rose admirably to the challenge.
But we're through the period where one-off or piecemeal options are sufficient. Since remote work is now a must-have offering, organizations need to think strategically about how to make use of it. Here's why:
- Workforce challenges necessitate playing the long game: Flexible work arrangements are a must-have for talent retention and can be leveraged to expand your hiring pool.
- Your organization must stay competitive against out-of-industry employers: In an increasingly competitive labor market, differentiating from employers across other industries is an ongoing challenge. Creative remote working options are an opportunity to meet this need.
- Remote work effectively differentiates your total rewards package: Flexible work arrangements are a value-add to your total rewards package when increasing compensation may be off the table.
- Remote flexibility helps mitigate burnout: Allowing employees to choose where and how they work offers a valuable tool for preventing and addressing burnout.