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IT Remote Work: Is It Going Away?

Are Des Moines, Iowa based companies still hiring for remote IT positions?

So much has changed in the last 3 years, with one of the big ones being remote work. Since the pandemic, employees have gotten much more used to being able to work from anywhere. While fully remote jobs sprang up everywhere after March 2020, there seems to have been a swing back in the other direction with regards to remote roles.

There are several reasons why some companies might be hiring fewer remote IT workers or have scaled back their remote work policies:

Collaboration and Communication: Effective collaboration and communication are essential in IT teams. Some companies believe that in-person interactions are more conducive to brainstorming, problem-solving, and knowledge sharing, which can be critical in IT projects.

Security Concerns: IT roles often involve handling sensitive data and cybersecurity measures. Some companies may have concerns about maintaining the security and integrity of their systems and data when employees work remotely. They may worry about data breaches, unauthorized access, or the potential for remote workers to introduce security vulnerabilities.

Company Culture: Company culture can suffer when employees work remotely, especially if there are fewer opportunities for face-to-face interactions. Some organizations prioritize a strong in-office culture and believe that remote work can erode that culture.

Managerial Oversight: Some managers may feel more comfortable overseeing their IT teams when they are physically present in the office. They may be concerned about accountability and productivity when employees work remotely.

Training and Onboarding: Training and onboarding new IT employees can be more challenging in a remote work environment. Companies may prefer to have new hires learn in-person to ensure they have the necessary support and resources.

Legal and Compliance Issues: Remote work can introduce legal and compliance challenges, especially if employees work across different jurisdictions. Companies may need to navigate complex labor laws and tax regulations when hiring remote workers.

Specific Job Requirements: Certain IT roles may require physical presence, such as hardware maintenance, data center management, or on-site technical support. These roles may not be well-suited for remote work.

It's important to note that the decision to hire fewer remote IT workers can vary widely from one organization to another and may change over time based on evolving circumstances and priorities. From what we’ve seen, fully remote roles are much less common and that trend may not reverse any time soon.

Blog written by Professional Project Partners, Inc. Account Manager Ryan Gaffney.

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