Embracing Web3 and Remote Work

A New Paradigm for Job Security

BluShark Media
4 min readJan 25, 2024

In an era marked by economic uncertainties, where headlines of recession and bear markets abound, the specter of layoffs may seem distant to most workers. According to a recent CNBC and Momentive survey, a reassuring 59% of American workers harbor no concerns about job loss for themselves or their households in the coming months. Even more remarkably, a whopping 80% express confidence in their ability to secure a new job within six months if they were to lose their current one.

This robust worker confidence is hardly surprising in a labor market that continues to run exceptionally hot. However, a curious trend emerges when we consider a specific subset of workers who have thrived during the COVID-19 pandemic: Web3 professionals engaged in remote work.

Remote Work in Web3: Challenges and Opportunities

The allure of Web3 technologies, coupled with the freedom of remote work, has attracted writers, developers, and professionals from various fields. Yet, this newfound paradise comes with its set of challenges, notably in terms of job security. The CNBC|Momentive Workforce Survey for Q4 2022 reveals that remote Web3 workers express less confidence in their ability to swiftly secure new employment compared to their fully in-office counterparts.

A mere 24% of those working remotely in the Web3 space believe they could find a new job within a month if they lost their current one, in contrast to 41% of fully in-office workers who share this belief. Moreover, 24% of remote Web3 workers anticipate that it could take them more than six months to secure a new job, while only 16% of fully in-office workers hold a similar concern.

The rationale behind this trend is understandable. Remote Web3 workers have experienced the perks of working from the comfort of their homes, a luxury that they understandably wish to preserve. However, this very dynamic could shift back in favor of employers should the economy face further challenges.

Laura Wronski, Senior Manager of Research Science at Momentive, elaborates, “Remote workers are the most fearful of layoffs because they know they have had a sweet deal: they may have suffered through the early dysfunction of Covid, but they’ve since reaped the benefits and relative autonomy created by working from home. That power dynamic will naturally swing back to employers if the economy weakens.”

The Remote Work Landscape in Web3

While job security concerns persist, the broader workforce remains largely optimistic. The survey indicates that worker morale is at an all-time high, with 72% of workers reporting “excellent” or “good” morale in their workplace, up from 64% year over year. This boost in morale extends across various demographics, transcending gender, race, and job level.

Amid this backdrop, data from the job market reveals a consistent presence of open positions, even if slightly reduced from its peak. Workers are now demanding higher compensation to consider transitioning to new roles, according to data from the New York Fed.

However, it’s essential to note that the high-paying tech sector shares similar anxieties about job security with sectors like food & beverage and transportation. Approximately 44% of tech workers express concerns about losing their jobs.

The Influence of Tech Workers in the Remote Work Landscape

Tech workers, a critical subset of the workforce, have played a pivotal role in shaping the remote work trend. While layoffs and quit rates remain low compared to historical standards, the rise in remote work has significantly influenced job security concerns among tech workers.

Layla O’Kane, Senior Economy Analyst at Lightcast, explains, “People working remotely are more likely to be in technology, while people working in person are more likely to be in hospitality or health care. People who are working remotely are more likely to be in industries facing layoffs.”

Furthermore, the survey shows that remote workers, whether in tech or other fields, express concerns about potential career advancement opportunities. While the broader workforce expects in-person workers to have better career prospects (53%), remote Web3 workers have different views. Approximately 49% of “mostly” remote workers and 50% of fully remote workers believe that opportunities for advancement are equal regardless of work location.

A Positive Outlook for Remote Work in Web3

Despite these challenges, the remote work landscape in Web3 remains positive and continues to evolve. As of November 2022, data reveals that the share of job postings allowing for remote work is on the rise, particularly for occupations requiring a college degree. This trend suggests that remote work opportunities are stabilizing and growing, with employers increasingly open to remote work arrangements.

In summary, the influence of tech workers is evident in the remote work landscape, but it doesn’t change the overarching narrative: those who work less in-office tend to anticipate a longer job search if they lose their current position.

As we navigate this evolving job market, it’s crucial to embrace the opportunities presented by remote work in the Web3 space. While challenges exist, this paradigm shift offers a new way of working that can be empowering and rewarding. Companies are also beginning to recognize the value of remote work, and as Web3 professionals, we should continue advocating for its benefits.

In the end, remote work in Web3 is not just about job security; it’s about shaping the future of work and ensuring that the power of autonomy remains in the hands of those who have experienced its advantages firsthand.



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