Working in an office and the typical 9-to-5 was going out of style long before the pandemic- 2020 only accelerated it. Now, more people are working remotely than ever before, leaving many wondering what the future of work will look like. Will remote work replace local? Are more people traveling since their job no longer requires them to be in-person? As we slowly come out of the pandemic with vaccination rates increasing here in the United States, these are the questions on everyone’s minds.
But remote work was here before COVID. Thanks to a combination of advancements in technology, new collaborative tools like online meetings, and changing attitudes about what work should look like, telecommuting has been gaining traction in recent years. Not only is remote work more cost-effective for businesses, but studies show it contributes to higher productivity, greater employee satisfaction, reduced stress, and happier humans. It’s a win-win, in our book.
To help us look at the bigger picture in regards to remote work, check out this list.
Over the last 10 years, growth in remote work has increased by 91% in the U.S. (Global Workplace Analytics).
According to studies conducted by the University of Minnesota and MIT, remote employees have “higher levels of job satisfaction and reduced levels of burnout or psychological stress.”
74% of professionals
predict remote work will be standard long after the pandemic.
61% of employees prefer being fully remote.
97% of employees do not want to return to the office full-time after things safely reopen.
A Gartner study
found that 80% of business leaders plan to allow employees to work remotely at least part-time after the pandemic.
27% of workers say the ability to telecommute is so important they would take a 10% to 20% pay cut to work from home.
Remote workers are 35% to 40% more productive than those who work in an office setting.
95% of workers say their productivity is higher when working remotely.
43% of telecommuters say flexibility is the biggest benefit.
Remote workers make 8.3% more than in-person workers.
71% of Americans
are currently working from home (since the pandemic).
Remote work is the fastest-growing area of the overall workforce.
Whether you are already living that digital nomad life or your job recently went remote because of the pandemic, there are plenty of tools out there to support you. Contact one of our knowledgeable team members to learn more about Vai’s VoIP calling plans, cloud-based fax, or virtual meeting platform. There are many wonderful benefits of telecommuting, so long as you have the right communication tools!