66 Remote Work Statistics
The amount of people who work remotely at least once per week has grown by 400% since 2010 (GetApp). With the current situation even more companies are being forced to take the remote jump. Remote work has many benefits like savings on operational costs and resources, more flexibility, and gives access to professionals around the globe. You can learn about other benefits of remote work in our article:(https://theremotefirm.com/where-to-find-remote-jobs-100-places-to-find-remote-work/)
If you have ever wondered about the number of remote workers around the world, the level of employee satisfaction, performance and efficiency rate, this ultimate list of remote working statistics is for you.
Global Stats by Owl Labs
Number of remote workers in the world
56% of companies around the globe allow their employees to work remotely among which 16% are fully remote companies and 40% are hybrid ones (have both remote and in-house positions).
Frequency of remote work
- 32% of employees in the world never work remotely or can’t work remotely.
- 18% of employees always work remotely.
- 16% of respondents around the globe work from home one day a month.
- 13% of global employees work remotely one day a week.
- 21% of employees work remotely more than 1 day a week.
Remote work stats depending on gender
- Men across the globe are 8% more likely than women to work remotely.
- Men are more likely than women to work remotely for the sake of higher focus and productivity.
- Men are 2% more likely to feel happy and productive at work.
Reasons for remote work
#1 – Increased productivity and better focus
#2 – No commute
#3 – Better work-life balance
Remote work and employee satisfaction
- 53% of respondents are happy with working remotely.
- Employees who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to feel happy than those who don’t or can’t work remotely.
Remote stats across the US
Number of remote workers
- 62% of employees work remotely at any frequency, and 38% never do – Owl Labs.
- 35% of remote workers are individual contributors – Owl Labs.
- 91% of business owners say that they have always intended to support remote work – Buffer.
- 51% of employers officially allow their employees to work from home – Softchoice.
Frequency of remote work
- 30% of respondents work remotely full-time – Owl Labs.
- 44% of employees say that part of their team is working remotely full-time – Buffer.
- 4.7 million employees (3.4% of the workforce) work from home at least half the week – Global Workplace Analytics.
- 7% work remotely at least 3 times a week – Owl Labs.
- 11% of Americans work remotely at least once a week – Owl Labs.
- 6% of employees work from home at least once a month – Owl Labs.
- 8% work from home less than once a month – Owl Labs.
- 38% of employees never work remotely – Owl Labs.
Remote work and employee satisfaction
- 83% of survey respondents say that the ability to work remotely would make them happier and 80% say they would feel less stressed – Owl Labs.
- 82% of respondents say that remote work would make them feel more trusted at work – Owl Labs.
- 81% of employees agree that working remotely would help them better manage work-life balance – Owl Labs.
- 71% of remote workers say they are happy in their job – Owl Labs.
Remote work and employee retention and loyalty
- 72% of talent professionals agree that remote work flexibility will be very important for the future of HR and recruiting – LinkedIn.
- 40% of people say that a flexible schedule would be the best perk of working remotely – Buffer.
- Remote workers are likely to stay in their current job for the next 5 years 13% more than onsite workers – Owl Labs.
- 55% of remote workers would be likely to look for another job if they were no longer allowed to work remotely – Owl Labs.
- 61% of remote workers would expect a pay increase if they were no longer allowed to work remotely – Owl Labs.
- 81% of workers are likely to recommend their company to a friend if they have the option of working remotely – Owl Labs.
- 95% of people would encourage their friends or family to work remotely – Buffer.
- 74% of employees say that a remote work option would make them less likely to leave their company – Owl Labs.
Reasons for remote work – Owl Labs
#1 – Better work-life balance
#2 – Increased productivity and better focus
#3 – Less stress
#4 – No commute
More than half of full-time in-office employees want to work remotely. 99% of people would choose to work remotely, at least part-time, for the rest of their careers – Buffer.
Remote work productivity and schedule
- 23% of remote workers say they work longer hours than they would on-site – CoSo Cloud.
- 53% of remote workers say they’re less likely to take time off than they would be if they worked at their companies’ offices – CoSo Cloud.
- Remote workers say they work more than 40 hours per week 43% more than on-site workers do – Owl Labs.
- 53% of remote employees work > 40 hours per week to support their team – Owl Labs.
- 38% of remote workers work > 40 hours per week because it’s required of them – Owl Labs.
- 40% of remote workers work > 40 hours per week because they enjoy what they do – Owl Labs.
- 33% of remote employees work > 40 hours per week to catch up on work – Owl Labs.
- 24% of remote workers work > 40 hours per week in order to meet unrealistic expectations – Owl Labs.
- 22% of remote workers lose more than an hour per day of productivity due to meetings – Owl Labs.
- 65% of workers think they would be more productive at home than working in a traditional office environment – FlexJobs.
- 76% prefer to avoid their office completely when they need to concentrate on a project – Atlassian.
- 43% of remote employees take three weeks or less of paid vacation per year – Buffer.
- Those with highly complex jobs that require little interaction with stakeholders are more productive when remote than in an office – Springer.
- Remote workers can work from anywhere though 84% of remote employees prefer to work from home – Buffer.
- 86% of workers prefer to work alone to achieve maximum productivity – SurePayroll.
Remote work challenges
- 38% of remote workers received no training on how to work remotely and 62% of remote workers received some or quite a bit of training on how to work remotely – Owl Labs.
- 84% of remote employee managers have received at least some training on how to manage remote employees while 15% of remote employee managers received no training – Owl Labs.
- Despite receiving confidential business data to their remote location regularly, less than half of remote employees say they receive proper internet security training – GetApp.
- Remote employee managers face such challenges as reduced employee productivity and focus, lower employee engagement and satisfaction, meeting deadlines – Owl Labs.
- More than half of remote employees say they feel disconnected from in-office employees – CoSo Cloud.
- 22% of remote employees report that unplugging after work is their biggest challenge – Buffer.
- 19% of remote employees report loneliness as their biggest challenge – Buffer.
- 3% of respondents worry a lot that a flexible work arrangement will hurt their career progression – FlexJobs.
Remote work benefits and perks
- 26% of remote workers earn > $100,000 per year while only 8% of on-site workers do so – Owl Labs.
- 34% would take a pay cut of 5% to work remote fulltime – Owl Labs.
- 75% of people say their companies will not compensate for the internet if they work remotely – Buffer.
- Work-life balance (73%) was ranked more important than salary (70%) when evaluating a job prospect – FlexJobs.
- 30% of remote employees say they save upwards of $5,000 annually without on-site work expenses and work travel – CoSo Cloud.
- Businesses would save an average of $11,000 annually per half-time telecommuter – Global Workplace Analytics.
- 23% of companies would cover the cost of a coworking membership – Buffer.
- Remote workers gain an extra hour of sleep a week to become more attentive and alert – Entrepreneur.
- 77% of future employees think that the possibility of working from home one day a week is a great incentive – AfterCollege.
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