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It’s no secret that we live in a digital age, and the nature of remote work has changed.

The coronavirus pandemic opened new doors for working from home, but these changes go far beyond public health considerations.

All employers, particularly online businesses, need to understand this trend to take advantage and incorporate it into their business structure. [1]

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1. It’s the New Normal

Up to 74% [2] of professionals believe that remote work is here to stay. As a result, many digital platforms and corporations have jumped on the bandwagon and started creating a fully remote or hybrid working plan for their employees. 

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2. Higher Job Satisfaction

Remote workers score an average of 75/100 on the Workforce Happiness Index [3] versus 71/100 for those who need to attend the workplace physically. [4]

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3. Workers Are More Productive 

The modern workplace can offer more distractions for workers compared to the home environment. As a result, 94% of employers [5] report that productivity either stayed steady or improved under coronavirus-imposed remote working.

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4. It’s Better for the Environment

As more workers started working remotely during global COVID-19 restrictions, the environmental benefits from reduced traffic were significant [6]

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5. It’s Not as New as It Seems

56% of global companies already allow or incorporate remote work in some capacity [7] so we know it’s here to stay. There are even some that have gone fully remote, sourcing their workforces from around the world.

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6. It’s Growing in Popularity

Remote working and working from home have grown over 216% since 2005 [8] , which is much more pronounced than other trends in the workforce.

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7. Working from Home Can Boost Performance

Working from home can not only increase macroeconomic productivity but individual worker performance as well. For example, performance can increase by 13% for workers who work remotely [9]

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8. It’s Widely Accepted

Studies show that up to 82% of companies plan to embrace remote work and allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time. [10]

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9. Workers Prefer It

Buffer undertook a survey asking 2,500 remote workers about the trend. A staggering 99% would prefer to do it at least some of the time. [11]

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10. Hybrid Work Models Are Emerging

A general survey by BCG shows that at least 40% of employees could be remote, with 25% of those employees in hybrid work models after the pandemic. [12]

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11. Flexibility Is More Important Than Ever

72% of professionals believe that schedule flexibility, including remote work, is a significant asset that may prove essential for future recruitment.

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12. Workers Prefer Working at Home for More Focus

Up to 76% of workers prefer to work from home in a quiet environment when they require complete concentration. [14]

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13. Less Time Off

Because working from home provides a level of flexibility, 53% of workers report that they are less likely to take time off, which can mean more productivity. [15]

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14. Less Vacation Time

Time off to run errands or the odd personal day is different from continuous vacation time.

Nearly 43% of those who work from home or do remote work say they take three weeks or less of paid vacation annually. [16]

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15. More Savings

Cutting out the commute to work can result in 30% of remote employees saving an extra $5,000 annually. [17]

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16. Companies Can Save Too

Global Workplace Analytics calculates that companies can save up to $11,000 per year from each half-time remote worker. Imagine the benefits from a full telecommuter! [18]

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17. It May Increase Loneliness

Around 19% of remote workers report that loneliness is a challenge with this work model.

While this is a relatively low number, it is still vital for companies to consider when designing their Remote/Hybrid/Flexible working policies. [16]

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18. It’s More Common Than You Think

Global Workplace Analytics conducted a survey that showed 3.4% of the nation’s workforce already works at least part of the time remotely. [18]

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19. Fully Remote Work Is Entirely Possible

44% of team members in companies state that at least part of their team works from home full time. [18]

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20. Having the Option of Remote Work Makes People Happier

Even if they don’t choose to, having the option to work from home makes employees happier, according to a study by Owl Labs and Global Workplace Analytics. [19]

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21. Some People Are Willing to Take a Pay Cut to Work from Home

As many as 23% of full-time workers are willing to take a 10% pay cut to work at home sometimes or all the time. [19]

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22. More Relaxed Dress Code

Working from home seems to relax dress standards, such as informal attire and workers showing up to video meetings sans makeup. [19]

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23. Almost 70% Of People Have Worked from Home during the Pandemic

It’s no secret that the pandemic brought unprecedented times, with a staggering 70% of people working from home – some with no intent to return to the office. [19]

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24. People Are Prioritizing Remote Work

One in two people says they have no intent to return to a job unless it allows remote work in some capacity. [19]

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25. People Want to Reduce Stress

74% of the people surveyed in Owl Labs’ collaboration study with Global Workplace Analytics say their purpose for choosing remote work is to reduce stress levels. [19]

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26. COVID-19 Played a Huge Role

The trend toward a more digital workforce was already here, but the global coronavirus pandemic accelerated the process. Around 79% of employees claim they chose remote work in fear of catching the virus. [19]

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27. People Want to Avoid Commuting

Rush hour is no fun, and neither are traffic jams and road rage confrontations. 78% of employees choose remote work to avoid trips to and from work. [19]

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28. More Money

In 2019, according to the Global Workplace Analytics and Owl Labs report, 8% of people going into the office made over six figures compared to 26% of those who work from home.

In 2020, these figures increased to 27% and 43%, respectively, which means a 65% increase in remote workers making over $100,000! [19]

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29. People Expect More Money to Commute

44% of employees surveyed by the Global Workplace Analytics study say they would expect a pay increase to return to work. Around 46% say they would leave to find a company that offers remote work or telecommuting. [19]

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30. A Surge in Video Conferencing

Unsurprisingly, working from home during the pandemic has lead to 94% of respondents using video meetings just as frequently or more than before. [19]

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31. Health Insurance is the Most Important Perk

Whether employees choose to work with a company or not, health insurance is the most prominent deciding factor. 88% of employees value the health insurance policy a company offers compared to 49% who value flexibility where they work and 55% who value flexibility when they work. [19]

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32. Fear of Being Overlooked

Without consistent facetime at the company, 43% of workers in 2020 say they fear working from home will impact their career progression. [19]

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33. Moving for Flexibility

An eye-opening one in two people would move to pursue a job that offered remote work sometimes or all the time. [19]

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34. Time Savings

Not only does working from home save you money, but it also saves time. Working from home can save employees an average of 40 minutes a day. It’s like being given the gift of time. [19]

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35. People Believe WFH Shouldn’t Decrease Wages

71% of respondents surveyed in the Owl Labs and Global Workplace Analytics survey say adjusting their compensation to work from home in a less expensive area is unfair. [19]

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36. Caring Employers Offer WFH Opportunities

80% of people surveyed say their employers would seem to care more about their well-being if they offer remote work opportunities. [19]

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37. Remote Training Makes Employees More Effective

When asked what they would require to be effective workers remotely, 32% of employees say remote training is essential. 26% want virtual meeting tools, and 25% of the people say avoiding distractions. [19]

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38. Big Companies Could Be More Supportive of Remote Work

38% of respondents feel that large-scale companies of over 10,000 employees would support remote work. This number contrasts with the 24% who say companies with 10-50 employees would promote telecommuting. [19]

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39. Implementation of Remote Work Has Been Highly Successful

83% of employers say the shift from in-person to remote work has been a success, according to PWC’s June 2020 survey. [20]

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40. Some Executives Lack Faith in Fully Remote Work

Only 5% of executives believe employees don’t need to go into the company to keep a strong work culture. [20]

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41. Employees Believe WFH Is More Productive than Employers Think

While over half of the employees and employers surveyed in the PWC study say productivity has risen, the percentage of employees who believe so is always higher than the employers. The figures are 28% VS 44% in June and 34% VS 52% in December of 2020. [20]

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42. Employers Think Offices Increase Productivity

65% of employers believe the most compelling reason to have an office is increasing employee productivity. Next is a meeting space for clients, employee collaboration, and cohesive company culture. [20]

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43. Collaboration Is Most Important to Employees in an Office Setting

From the employees’ point of view, the purpose of having an office is the most important for interpersonal collaboration. [20]

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44. Remote Workers Encourage More Remote Work

Buffer’s “State of Remote Work” study in 2019 showed that a whopping 95% of telecommuters recommend it to those around them. [16]

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45. Unplugging Is a Huge Struggle

Spending so much time plugged into the digital world has left many finding it difficult to unplug and relax after work hours. Around 22% of those surveyed backed up this statement. [16]

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46. Remote Workers Prefer Coffee Shops

In a pre-pandemic world, 37% of remote workers worked in coffee shops and cafes, if not at home. [16]

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47. No Compensation for Remote Work Expenses

If you work in the office, your company takes on all the electrical expenses and utilities. However, when asked if their companies extend this benefit to those working from home, 75% of employees say no. [16]

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48. Employers May Still Be Evaluating Their Remote Work Models

32% of employees have reported that their employers have not clearly communicated what their jobs will look like after the pandemic. [21]

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49. Those with Young Children Favor Remote Work

While some may not get much done with young kids at home, 25% of employees with children under five would prefer to go into the office just three days a week. [22]

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50. WFH Productivity Won’t Suffer Post Pandemic

Even after the pandemic, experts believe that working from home could increase productivity by 5%. [23]

Bottom Line

It is no secret that remote work is here to stay, nor that it experienced a massive surge in popularity during the coronavirus pandemic.

However, these numbers and statistics are likely to remain chaotic for some time as companies and employees negotiate the shift to remote and hybrid working.

Now, we can be sure of two things: These trends will continue to evolve, and remote work will continue to play a significant role in the global economy. 

Citations
  1.  Courtney, Emily. “Remote Work Statistics: Navigating the New Normal 2021: FlexJobs.” FlexJobs Job Search Tips and Blog, FlexJobs.com, 29 Apr. 2021, www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/remote-work-statistics/. []
  2. “Long Term Remote Jobs Statistics.” Growmotely, www.growmotely.com/. []
  3. Laura Wronski, Jon Cohen. “Who Is the Happiest Working from Home? Here’s What Latest Jobs Market Data Says.” CNBC, CNBC, 26 May 2020, www.cnbc.com/2020/05/26/who-is-happiest-working-from-home-heres-what-latest-jobs-data-says.html. []
  4. CNBC: SurveyMonkey Workforce Happiness Index: May 2020. SurveyMonkey, www.surveymonkey.com/curiosity/cnbc-workforce-survey-may-2020/. []
  5. Sahadi, Jeanne. 90% Of Employers Say Working Remotely Hasn’t Hurt Productivity. CNN, Cable News Network, 27 Aug. 2020 []
  6. Environmental Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, as Observed from Space. ScienceDaily, 8 Dec. 2020 []
  7. Global State of Remote Work 2018. Owl Labs, 2018, resources.owllabs.com/state-of-remote-work/2018. []
  8. Latest Work-at-Home, Telecommuting, Mobile Work, Remote Work Statistics. Global Workplace Analytics, 20 Aug. 2021, globalworkplaceanalytics.com/telecommuting-statistics. []
  9. Bloom, Nicholas, et al. Does Working From Home Work. Evidence from Chinese Experiment. Stanford University, 3 Mar. 2015 []
  10. Baker, Mary. “82% Of Company Leaders Plan to Allow Employees to Work Remotely Some of the Time.” Gartner, 14 July 2020 []
  11. State of Remote Work 2019. Buffer, Dec. 2019, buffer.com/state-of-remote-work-2019. []
  12. Kaufman, Elizabeth, et al. “Remote Work Works-Where Do We Go from Here?” BCG Global, BCG Global, 22 June 2021, www.bcg.com/publications/2020/remote-work-works-so-where-do-we-go-from-here. []
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  14. Atlassian. “The Me in Team Infographic.” Atlassian, 2021, www.atlassian.com/teams/the-me-in-team. []
  15. “Press Release: Coso Survey Shows Working Remotely Benefits.” CoSo Cloud, 20 Jan. 2021, www.cosocloud.com/press-releases/coso-survey-shows-working-remotely-benefits-employers-and-employees. []
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  21. Alexander, Andrea, et al. “What Employees Are Saying about the Future of Remote Work.” McKinsey & Company, 13 Aug. 2021, www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/what-employees-are-saying-about-the-future-of-remote-work. []
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  23. Curran, Enda. Work From Home to Lift Productivity by 5% in Post-Pandemic U.S. Bloomberg, 22 Apr. 2021, www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-04-22/yes-working-from-home-makes-you-more-productive-study-finds. []

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