17 Surprising Statistics About Remote Work

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 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.

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.

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

Why wouldn’t it be? Remote workers spend less time in traffic, more time with their families, and even take fewer sick days than their office-based counterparts. 

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.

Recent events will undoubtedly encourage businesses to think more proactively about enabling a longterm remote workforce. To help your business better adjust to this “new normal”, start your free trial of Wrike's work management platform.

Your free trial includes access to collaborative work management tools that connect teams, organize important work, and boost productivity. Get started today and find out how Wrike can help you usher in the future of work.

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