Remote working is on the rise. Between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in people working from home.
In 2015, 3.9 million U.S. workers were working remotely. As of spring 2020, that number is was over 5 million — and, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, that number has risen hugely, with a number of businesses switching entirely to a remote workforce.
The good news is, employees are happier and more efficient when they’re permitted to work remotely. In fact, 80% of polled remote employees say they’re more productive when working from home.
Not sure if remote work is for your business?
Examine that even in the best of times:
- 76% prefer to be away from their office when they need to concentrate on a project.
- 23% of remote workers say they work longer hours than they would on-site.
- Those with highly complex jobs that require little interaction with stakeholders are more productive when remote than in an office.
- Companies that offer remote capabilities have 25% lower staff turnover than those that don’t.
- 86% of polled employees feel that working remotely greatly reduces stress.
Remote work really works. The problem now is, many companies have been forced to go remote with little to no preparation — which comes with a lot of it’s own challenges.