60% of Nigeria’s population is under 30, and a total of 40% of Nigeria’s 80 million-person workforce is “unemployed or underemployed.” While this might sound a little daunting for younger professionals, there’s actually a solution in the works. As the startup culture makes its way to Nigeria, more and more millennial-driven companies are beginning to adopt flexible workplace models and a culture that promotes remote working. Not only does this business model and corporate attitude have the potential to maximize output and revenue, but it actually gives young Nigerians a leg up in a corporate world.
Male Professionals Can Especially Benefit from Remote Working
Studies across various cultures show that the top five stressors of young black men, in particular, are money and finances, racism, jobs and their careers, relationships and family and their health. The lack of economic opportunities and the ability to make ends meet seems to be the biggest stressor of the millennial generation, followed by difficulties finding or keeping a job in certain industries. While it is clear that the younger generation in Nigeria is still at a disadvantage, it is slowly becoming increasingly more clear that, as technology advances, this group of workers can take advantage of innovation in the form of remote working to increase their job satisfaction and success. Companies and employees who have seen first-hand the benefits of remote working in Nigeria note that a better work-life balance, no commute and the ability to invest in their health as some of the best perks.
Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Professional Growth
Remote working has actually been shown to improve a company’s culture, which can lead to an increase in overall employee satisfaction, engagement and the types of risks they are willing to make. The shift to flexible, remote jobs has changed the job landscape to be more lateral, which is important in Nigeria but also in the larger countries throughout Africa. Larger business markets and countries with younger workforces can especially benefit from remote working culture as employees have easier access to CEOs when pitching their ideas and receiving feedback. Where this type of access was once difficult to find, remote working allows employees to feel comfortable sharing their ideas in a way that can get them noticed and allow them to grow in their own individual pursuits. An overall increased sense of pride in their work and the ability to manage their own schedule by working remotely helps young Nigerian professionals cultivate a strong work ethic and develop their own career skills.
The Future of Remote Working in Nigeria
More and more companies around the world are adopting remote working policies and positions. While many people in the workforce can benefit from the increase in job satisfaction, productivity and innovation that remote working allows, Nigerian millennials, in particular, can use the opportunity to find success in a job market that’s previously been a little volatile. These types of positions allow young professionals to tap into their entrepreneurial spirit while also helping small companies, startups and corporations alike to reduce overhead and increase productivity.