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The Rural Workforce Network Releases its September 2021 Report
The Rural Workforce Network is a partnership of the Salt Lake Chamber, the Department of Workforce Services, and the Economic Development Corporation of Utah (EDCUtah) created in 2019 to increase job opportunities in rural Utah. Additional partnering organizations include Utah State University Extension’s Rural Online Initiative and the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity Center Office for Rural Development.
In 2021, Governor Spencer J. Cox issued Executive Order 2021-4 “Moving Jobs to Rural Utah” stating that “the Department of Workforce Services shall expand coordination efforts with private sector partners to support non-government job growth. Learn about the latest results from the combined efforts of these organizations.

New Broadband Grant

Go Utah's Broadband Center is pleased to announce applications for its Broadband Access Grant are open from Sept. 20 to Nov. 1, 2021. The grant offsets capital expenses in deploying high-speed broadband end connections to households and businesses in unserved rural and underserved economically distressed areas statewide.

Rural Utah Is Training for Work from Home
The Rural Online Initiative program was recently featured in a  article about its courses that help keep talent in Utah's rural communities by providing specialized training and support for stay-at-home work.

The State Of Remote Work In 2021: A Survey Of The American Workforce

GoodHire, a service provider of background checks, recently surveyed 3,500 American workers to better understand the current state of remote work in 2021 and the workforce’s true feelings about the practice as well as potential return-to-office mandates across the country.

  • 68% of Americans would choose remote working options over in-office work.

The survey revealed what it would take to entice a remote employee to return to the office. In addition, the data showed what employees would forgo to remain in remote working situations — from salary to benefits and more.

  • 61% of Americans would be willing to take a pay cut to maintain remote working status. Some workers even suggested they would take a 50% pay cut to avoid returning to the office.
  • 70% of Americans would forfeit benefits to maintain remote working status, most commonly: health insurance, paid time off, retirement accounts, and more.

Finally, survey respondents provided insight into what they think companies need to consider when establishing return-to-office policies.

  • 45% of Americans would either quit their job or immediately start a remote work job search if they were forced to return to their office full-time.
  • 74% of Americans believe that companies not offering remote working arrangements will lose major talent in the workforce.
  • 84% of Americans need to see COVID-19 safety protocols in place before considering a return to their company’s office.


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