Remote Work, Is It For You?
Wondering if remote work can really work for you? We’ve got the remote working stats for you!
So you’ve browsed the remote jobs listings on Away.Works and it all looks too good to be true? Read on to see if working from home, or from anywhere you want, is for you!
Remote work actually increases productivity.
Work form home employees and remote employers both agree that remote working leads to increased productivity. Office politics,, impromptu meetings, and distracting colleagues aren’t an issue when you work remotely. Eighty-six percent of surveyed remote workers said they preferred to work alone to “hit maximum productivity.” Add on time that would normally be lost on rush hour traffic, parking etc and you can see how the day suddenly seems to have more usable hours when you work from home!
It lowers stress and boosts morale.
Stats about remote work show that 82% of telecommuters reported lower stress levels, according to one study, and that’s a good thing not only for remote workers, but for the companies that employ them. The study by PGI, a leading provider of software services, found that 80% of workers reported higher morale when working from home, while 69% reported lower absenteeism.
It decreases employer costs.
Companies of all sizes report significant decreases in operating costs, remote work stats show. Two examples from big companies, according to a Forbes magazine report: Aetna (where some 14,500 of 35,000 employees don’t have an “in-office” desk) shed 2.7 million square feet of office space, saving $78 million. American Express reported annual savings of $10 million to $15 million thanks to its remote work options.
It often leads to greater employee engagement.
It might seem counter intuitive, but remote workers are often more engaged with colleagues and supervisors than in-office workers, Harvard Business Review concluded. The plethora of technological tools to help workers stay connected makes the difference—in fact, a separate study found that 87% of remote workers feel more connected through the use of video conferencing.
It positively impacts the environment.
For many employers, minimising their negative effect on the environment is a real plus in the shift toward remote work. Just think of all the car commuting wiped out by remote working alone!
It meets demands of younger workers.
A surprising 68% of job seekers who are of millennial age said the option to work remotely would greatly increase their interest in specific employers.
It’s the future of work.
Just a few short years ago, working from home may have seemed out of reach across some industries. Today more than a quarter of workers surveyed do at least some of their work from home.
It’s a global phenomenon.
Worldwide, more than 50% of people who work form home part-time said they wanted to increase their remote hours. Additionally, 60% of remote workers in the survey said that if they could, they would leave their current job for a full-time remote position at the same pay rate.
There’s a growing digital nomad population.
Over the past decade, a rising number of professionals have taken advantage of modern technology to work remotely and live a nomadic lifestyle. A forecast of employment trends by the World Economic Forum called flexible work, including virtual teams, “one of the biggest drivers of transformation” in the workplace. Working from a paradise anyone?
Employees are working remotely more often.
Americans who telecommute for work are doing so for increased amounts of time. According to a Gallup survey, the number of workers who work one day or less from home shrank from 34% to 25% between 2012 and 2016. In the same time period, the number of people working remotely four or five days a week rose from 24% to 31%. According to Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, 43% of Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely last year, up from 39% in 2012.
Remote work may benefit your relationships.
Recent studies have shown that working from home may make your home life easier. Reasons cited included fairer division of household chores and childcare for remote working couples.
More companies are embracing distributed teams.
Companies are increasingly embracing remote employees, working in distributed teams. A survey of over 1,000 U.S. based company managers found that a continuing “skills gap” is driving the trend toward hiring more remote workers.
Hiring managers expect more full-time remote workers in the next 10 years.
In a survey of 1,000 hiring managers, 55% agree that remote work among full-time employees is much more common now, and say they expect up to 38% of their full-time workers will be working remotely within in the next decade.
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