CHICAGO (CBS) — Don’t delete your Zoom app any time soon. More and more people say their employer plans to let them work from home for part of the week, even after the pandemic.
Morning Insider Tim McNicholas even found a major insurance company hiring remote workers in our area.
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The morning commute, that fickle keyboard, your nosy office neighbor. If you’re willing to leave all of that in the past, State Farm Talent Acquisition Specialist Myron Kyser wants to hear from you.
“We’ve seen that there’s an appetite for people to work from home so we have some opportunities that we’ve recently introduced,” Kyser said.
The insurance giant employs 3,400 people across the country, including 720 in Illinois.
Most local jobs are hybrid, but 100 are fully remote, permanently.
“There is no intention of bringing the people we hire for these roles into the office,” Kyser said.
“It’s not surprising to me,” said Steven Davis, an economics professor at the University of Chicago who has studied work-from-home trends during the pandemic. “Employers are gradually getting used to or comfortable with the idea that many of their employees will be working from home for part of the week.”
Davis conducts a monthly survey asking remote workers, among other questions, how often their boss will make them work from home after the pandemic.
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The average number has increased since January last year and now exceeds two days a week.
“There is no chance that we will return to the pre-pandemic norm. Too much has been learned, too much investment has been made in figuring out how to make it all work,” Davis said.
State Farm’s hybrid openings include customer service specialists and claims specialists, both starting at $19.25 per hour. Among fully remote jobs: part-time claims associate starts at $17.25 per hour.
“I think that’s something we could continue to evaluate to maybe roll out beyond what we’re currently looking at,” Kyser said.
And they’re far from the only employer willing to accept empty office chairs.
State Farm will host a virtual job fair on these jobs this Thursday and next Thursday.
Those interested in applying for one of State Farm’s hybrid or in-person jobs can register to attend the “New Year, New You in 2022 Career Fair,” scheduled for Thursday, January 22 from 11 a.m. at 15h.
Those interested in fully remote positions at State Farm can register to attend the “State Farm Work from Home Opportunities Fair,” scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon.
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You can learn more about available job opportunities by searching StateFarm.com/careers.