by Beth Braccio Hering, Writer, Freelance Jobs | July 27, 2019
Just how much has remote work impacted business? Here are some intriguing remote work statistics that offer a by-the-numbers look at where things stand.
If you still consider remote work simply a desirable perk, you’re definitely in the minority.
A whopping 74% of respondents in an annual survey believe that flexible working has become the “new normal.”
Working outside of their company’s main location and having a choice of work environment is now a key factor for many job seekers when evaluating new career opportunities.
Just how much has remote work impacted the notion of business as usual? Here are some intriguing remote work statistics that offer a by-the-numbers look at where things stand.
Remote work is increasing.
A special analysis done by FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics found that there has been a major upward trend in the amount of people working remotely in the U.S. In the span of one year, from 2016 to 2017, remote work grew 7.9%. Over the last five years it grew 44% and over the previous 10 years it grew 91%.
Between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work. In 2015, 3.9 million U.S. workers were working remotely. Today that number is at 4.7 million, or 3.4% of the population.
Remote work attracts and retains talent.
Eighty percent of U.S. workers say they would turn down a job that didn’t offer flexible working, and it’s so important to them that more than a third say they would prioritize such arrangements over having a more prestigious role. In another survey, more than three-fourths of respondents cited flexible schedules and remote work as the most effective nonmonetary ways to retain employees.
Remote work arrangements are good for business.
Among performance-based remote work statistics, 85% of businesses confirm that productivity has increased in their company because of greater flexibility. Additionally, 90% of employees say allowing for more flexible work arrangements and schedules would increase employee morale, while 77% say allowing employees to work remotely may lead to lower operating costs.
Remote work increases job satisfaction.
Amerisleep’s study of 1,001 remote workers found that they are 57% more likely than the average American to be satisfied with their job. Plus, nearly 80% of respondents described their typical stress level during the workweek as either “not stressed” or only “moderately stressed.”
Remote workers are more productive.
FlexJobs’ annual survey found that 65% of respondents are more productive in their home office than at a traditional workplace. Fewer distractions and interruptions, less stress from no commute, minimal office politics, and a personalized, quiet environment are all contributors to a more productive remote worker.
Remote workers make more money.
According to a report done collaboratively with FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, the average annual income for most telecommuters is $4,000 higher than that of nontelecommuters. Add to that the ability to save more money—FlexJobs estimates $4,000 a year—and remote workers come out on top.
Remote work is environmentally friendly work.
Flexible work, especially working from home, reduces traffic congestion, air pollution, and road wear and tear with either a reduced or eliminated commute into an office.
According to the “2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce” report: “Existing telecommuters reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking over 600,000 cars off the road for a year. If the work-at-home workforce expanded to include those who could and wanted to telecommute half of the time, the GHG savings would equate to taking 10 million cars off the road.”
Remote work is here to stay.
Finally, in a study conducted by Condeco Software, 41% of global businesses surveyed say they already offer some degree of remote working, while 60% provide flextime opportunities that allow employees to choose when to start and end their workday. Upwork’s “Future Workforce Report” predicts that 73% of all teams will have remote workers by 2028.
And it’s a good thing, too, since 75% of current teleworkers say they plan to work remotely for the rest of their career!
Remote works statistics indicate benefits across the board, ranging from environmental to performance-oriented benchmarks.
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