If the start of 2020 has taught us anything about the way we work, it’s that flexibility is not just a perk or a benefit that’s “nice to have”. For those who work digitally (that is, work is performed via a computer or other digital device) remote work represents the future — not just in the United States, but globally.
While the transition to increased remote working in many industries has been fast-tracked by recent global safety measures, The Guardian and others have intuited a “permanent shift” toward working from home. This is backed up by studies and surveys which indicate the popularity of remote working is rapidly trending upward — and has been for some time.
Beyond its popularity, companies that invest in remote work infrastructure may be uniquely positioned to address risks and challenges like COVID-19, which Time recently dubbed “the world’s largest work-from-home experiment”.
Connecting teams who are not co-located has become the “new normal” for many businesses. However, there are plenty of compelling statistics that signal a sea change in hiring, job satisfaction, and remote work productivity. Read on to learn some remote work statistics that may surprise you.
Remote working has been climbing in popularity for years
Between faster internet speeds, more reliable cloud solutions like Wrike, and changing attitudes about work-life balance and wellbeing, it’s no wonder remote working has become an attractive option for workers.
- Remote work has grown in popularity by 91% over the last 10 years
- 73% of teams will have remote workers in their ranks by 2028
- 62% of respondents in one survey said they work remotely at least some of the time – meaning only 38% work out of the office all the time
- A Regus forecast predicts that, by 2030, the U.S. economy could see a boost of $4.5 trillion from flexible working
Remote work could make recruiting more competitive
Remote work is no longer just a “perk”, as Forbes notes. And workers aren’t just looking for attractive salary packages — they’re looking at the bigger picture. That bigger picture involves work-life balance and securing more flexible hours and conditions.
- 80% of U.S. workers say they would turn down a job that didn’t offer flexible working
- Meanwhile, in a poll of 880 U.S.-based knowledge workers, 74% said they would be willing to quit their job to work remotely
- By 2030, the demand for remote work will increase by 30% as Gen Z fully enters the workforce
- 50% of remote employees plan to be their own boss one day
- And 34% of respondents in one survey said they would take a 5% pay cut to work remotely
What do these remote work statistics tell us about the future of hiring and recruiting? Well, first and foremost, they indicate flexible work options will continue to be crucial in attracting top talent.
PwC’s global generational study noted that many younger gen employees view “work as a ‘thing’ and not a ‘place’.” A cloud-based digital workspace takes this into view, building flexibility and transparency into everyday processes.
Employees say they gain a productivity boost from working from home
Fewer in-person workplace distractions coupled with collaborative solutions like Wrike mean employees can better manage their workloads and stay connected with their teams.
- 85% of businesses say productivity has increased as “a result of greater flexibility”
- A Stanford University study found that remote working led to a 13% performance increase in one experiment
- Office workers spend an average of 66 minutes a day discussing non-work related topics, where remote employees only spent 29 minutes per day doing the same with their co-workers
Cloud-based and digital tools have become more intuitive and aligned with the way we work. In fact, Wrike users report sending fewer emails on the whole, which cuts down on time spent digging around for old or outdated information.
And, of course, employees say flexible working is good for their well-being and work satisfaction
- 75% of remote employees say working offsite has improved their work-life balance
- 71% of remote workers say they’re happy in their current jobs versus 55% of on-site employees who said the same
- 36% of retirees say they would have continued working if they’d been given the opportunity to work from home or part-time
- 40% of remote employees say they are typically “not stressed” during an average workday
- 57% of employers say remote work flexibility has improved morale and reduced employee turnover
Remote working is the future. Be ready with a free trial of Wrike
If nothing else, these remote work statistics show the modern workplace is changing and flexibility is at the heart of how workers are forging their career paths. Forecasters predict a rise in remote working as many abandon traditional ideas of what it means to go to work each day.
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