Employees are no longer be happy with 9-5 in the office. Team members are experiencing the benefits of remote working. They’re happy they don’t need to do their stressful commute anymore, they’re happy they can work without office distractions and they’re happy they can fit work around their lives.
Despite the documented perks and countless testimonials to its greatness, some businesses are still skeptical about remote working. Many don’t see it as relevant to their business, others aren’t sure how to manage remote workers and many team members are worried about communication. These are all valid concerns. An emerging workplace culture means change, and change is intimidating.
However, COVID-19 has forced businesses uninterested in or not technologically prepared for remote working to prep their teams for home working.
While the world seems to be waking up, it’s clear that COVID-19 has changed workplaces forever. Businesses have now enabled remote working, but they must now prepare for what’s next: remote working being a hallmark of every office.
Remote working will continue to grow. So, ITEC has gathered some remote working stats to help you understand the trend, why employees are happier with it and the opportunities it can bring to your business.
35 Remote Working Statistics You Should Know Right Now
The Need for Remote Working
66% of commuters feel stressed or flustered at work once a week (PowWowNow)
84% of remote workers choose work from home more than any other location (Buffer)
53% of remote workers are less likely to take sick days or annual leave (CoSo Cloud)
Favourite Technology for Remote Workers
Office365 saves remote workers an hour a day in work (Microsoft)
2.7 billion meeting minutes in one day on Microsoft Teams (Microsoft)
47% of UK remote meetings have been done over video in 2020 (Microsoft)
96% of workers strongly agree that video conferencing improves team connectedness (Owl Labs)
Email is the primary method of communication for remote workers (CoSo Cloud)
85% of remote workers miss their multi-function device (Xerox)
31% of organisations believe their print has helped them handle remote working and digital disruption (Quocira)
Remote Working Challenges
19% of remote workers say loneliness is their biggest problem (Buffer)
39% of employees don’t think they collaborate enough (Visix)
Less than half of remote workers believe they don’t have the right type of internet security training (GetApp)
Taking the Next Steps Towards Remote Working
Whether you’re looking to strengthen your remote working capabilities for future developments, looking to hire your first remote employee or looking to move to a complete remote working workforce, technology can help you keep up with this emerging trend.