The State of Remote Working: Statistics and Trends

We are all perfectly aware that the current state of things has forced companies to rethink how they run operations. But there is no doubt that the current pandemic is going to fast track remote work even more quickly than it has already been moving. 

Some companies may go right back to working the old way or most experts are predicting that organizations will be completely transformed after this experience. A lot of remote work options already exist. Whether it be employees working from home part-time, to globally distributed teams, or companies who have no offices and operate exclusively from the cloud. When considering this new work environment, a lot of questions come into play and we are only beginning to have the answers.

But who benefits the most from this situation? The company? The employees? Or both? What are the challenges? Companies that have always been apprehensive about remote work in the past might find themselves seeing the benefits now. On the flip side, the employees that have always “idealized” working from home, might find themselves having a hard time focusing with family around or feeling isolated from colleagues. It’s a new reality. Remote work is here to stay, but what do the numbers actually say!

Remote Workforce Size
In the U.S., 4.7 million employees (3.4% of the workforce) work from home at least half the week. (Global Workplace Analytics)

Job Types of Remote Workers
2.30% of people report working for a company that’s fully remote (Buffer).

Remote Work Growth
Between 2017 and 2018, telecommuting increased by 22% (FlexJobs).

Recruiting and Job Retention
72% of talent professionals agree that work flexibility (which includes remote work options) will be very important for the future of HR and recruiting (LinkedIn).

Remote Employee Productivity and Behaviors
23% of remote workers say they work longer hours than they would on-site (CoSo Cloud).

Earnings and Benefits for Remote Work
69% of millennials will trade other benefits for flexible work options including remote work (IWG). 30% of remote employees say they save upwards of $5,000 annually without on-site work expenses and work travel (CoSo Cloud).

Remote Work Challenges
More than half of remote employees say they feel disconnected from in-office employees (CoSo Cloud) and 22% of remote employees report that unplugging after work is their biggest challenge (Buffer).

Teams that have remote workers
44% of employees say that part of their team is full-time remote (Buffer).

VPs who work remotely
55% of VPs work remotely at least part-time (Owl Labs).

Happier to work remotely
83% of workers, remote or on-site, say that a remote work opportunity would make them feel happier at their job (Owl Labs).

Prefer to work remotely
76% prefer to avoid their office completely when they need to concentrate on a project (Atlassian).

Source: Hubspot

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