By the end of 2018, there were 57 million Americans working remotely. That’s 35% of the US workforce! Governments have introduced bills and laws for virtual jobs to resolve issues such as accessibility, economic stability and emigration concerns. As a result, 3/4 of companies worldwide adopted flexible working policies.
51 REMOTE WORKING STATISTICS
The below infographic provides insight and statistics about remote working.
- 61% of business owners said telecommuting increased their company’s profits.
- 83% of entrepreneurs said flexible hours boosted productivity, with 30% of telecommuters accomplishing more in less time.
WHY PEOPLE CHOOSE TO WORK REMOTELY
- 40% Flexible schedule
- 30% Working from any location
- 14% Time with family
- 13% Working from home
- 3% Other
REMOTE WORKER’S WORKING HABITS
- 84% work from home most of the time
- 86% prefer to work alone to ‘hit maximum productivity’
- 52% are less likely to take time off, even when sick
- 43% take between 2-3 weeks of vacation
- 23% would work longer hours to accomplish more
- 42% feel connected with colleagues
- 39% communicate with 20+ coworkers daily
REMOTE WORKERS’ ADVANTAGES OVER TRADITIONAL WORKERS
- 82% reported lower stress levels
- 51% send more time with their significant others
- 45% are getting more sleep
- 44% have a more positive attitude
- 42% are eating healthier than traditional workers
- 35% are getting more physical exercise
TELECOMMUTERS’ BIGGEST STRUGGLES
- 22% Unlugging after work
- 19% Loneliness
- 17% Collaborating and/or communication
- 10% Distractions at home
- 8% Being in a different timezone than teammates
- 8% Staying motivated
Telecommuting is a growing trend, with the time workers spend working remotely showing a significant increase. More industries are embracing the remote workforce as their use of remote workers has grown. Companies can reduce costs on their workforce as they include the remote workforce and telecommuters as part of their workforce strategy.
MAIN BENEFITS OF HIRING REMOTE WORKERS
- 29% Access to talent outside their respective city/country
- 19% Improves retention by providing work/life balance
- 15% Increases productivity by reducing commute time
- 9% Saves money by requiring less office space
- 7% Allows access to talent where the cost of living and salaries are lower
- 2% Other
- 25% Don’t know/didn’t answer
THE FUTURE OF TELECOMMUTING
The US mobile worker population will surpass 105 million.
They will account for 72% of the total US workforce.
1 in 3 people will be hired to work online.
Gen Z, the digital natives, will account for 36% of the global workforce.
Organizations that support a “choose you own work style” culture will boost worker retention rates by more than 10%.
HIRING MANAGERS PREDICT
- 83% Telecommuting will increase tremendously
- 78% Most skills will become even more niche in the next 10 years
- 38% of their full-time workers will be working remotely in the next decade
Infographic courtesy of goremotely.net