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10 Surprising Remote Work Statistics

Nov 04, 2020

Businessman drawing business statistics on glass wallBy now you know that more people are working from home than ever before. If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it's that working from home is possible. While remote work comes with its own set of unique challenges, it also provides some surprising benefits.  

Thinking of implementing a work from home policy post-pandemic? Whether you want to make remote work permanent or are curious about how working remotely affects your employees and business, be sure to check out these 10 surprising remote work statistics:

1. Remote teams are just as engaged as employees in the office

Many managers may be wary of remote work because they believe employees may face distractions at home. However, studies show that remote teams are just as engaged as those who work onsite. A 2020 study by Gallup found that both in-office employees and full-time remote workers are 30% engaged in their work.

Interestingly enough, those who split their time between working in the office and working from home are even more engaged on average. The same study found that employees who worked remotely 60 to 80% of the time had an engagement rate of 41%.

2. 77% of future employees say offering the choice to work from home one day a week is a great perk

Work from home options are a great recruiting tool to attract top talent. According to a study by AfterCollege, 77% of employees found that the opportunity to work from home was their most desired perk. This perk was more popular than others top incentives, including casual dress code (68% of employees), free snacks and drinks (70%) and social activities (67%).

3.76% of employees prefer to avoid their office completely when they need to concentrate on a project.

A 2019 study by Atlassian found that the vast majority of workers would rather avoid their office completely when they need to focus on an important project. Since the office can bring distractions and interruptions from co-workers, offering work from home flexibility may give your employees the right environment to complete important projects in a timely fashion.

4. 76% of workers would be more willing to stay with their current employer if they could work flexible hours

This statistic found by FlexJobs isn’t surprising, considering flexibility and remote work options are attractive perks to employees. Remote work options provide flexibility in work hours, which can help reduce turnover and retain your top performing employees.

5. The remote workforce has grown 44% over the last five years

The study, Remote Work Statistics for 2019,also found that remote jobs have grown a whopping 91% in the last 10 years. With the normalization of remote work and the continuous improvement in technology, this trend is only projected to keep growing.

6. 77% of respondents expect the number of employees working primarily from home will increase, post-pandemic

One of the many things that the pandemic will permanently affect: our perception of working from home. COVID-19 has forced us to adapt to work from home models and many employers are finding that remote work actually works! Therefore, it’s not surprising that 77% of employers who responded to the From Immediate Responses to Planning for the Reimagined Workplace study expect that working from home regularly will gain traction, post-pandemic.

7. 27% of remote workers found separating work time and personal timealong with loneliness

to be their biggest challenges

While there are definite advantages to working from home, remote work also comes with some challenges. A study by RemoteWork2020 found that one of the biggest challenges facing remote workers is loneliness and the inability to separate work and personal life. The long-term result? Employee burnout.

To combat work-from-home burnout as a manager, encourage your team to set clear work hours and to not feel pressured to answer emails or work related-texts outside of that time.

8. 65% of respondents are more productive in their homes than a traditional workplace 

Studies find that employees are actually more productive working from home. In fact, this 2018 study by FlexJobs found that 65% of their respondents were more productive at home compared with at the office. This was because they found working from home resulted in fewer distractions, less stress caused by commuting, and less office politics.

9. Remote workers say they're happy in their jobs 29% more than on-site workers

One way to boost morale in the office:  take away the office. Remote workers reported that they were 29% happier in their jobs than employees working in the office, according to a study by Owllabs in 2019.

Happier employees can boost productivity and morale, while improving the culture of your workplace.

10. People who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to be happy

Even just one work from home day a month can make a difference in employee happiness and morale. Another study by Owllabs found that employees who worked remotely even just once a month are 24% more likely to be happy - which isn’t much less than employees who work remotely full time.

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