Remote work was already taking place prior to the pandemic. Due to lockdowns and other COVID-19 abatement procedures and policies, people that had never been remote before suddenly found themselves working from home.  

Now that many companies are allowing their employees to return to the office. What’s the future of remote work, and is it here to stay? 

Remote work stats. 

  • According to a recent Gallup poll, employees who work remotely experience higher engagement rates (32% to 28%) and surprisingly report a greater sense of belonging (even when only communicating with their coworkers online!).
  • Remote workers are also 15% more likely to stay with a company for 5 years or longer, compared to their onsite counterparts. And here’s a really big number to pay attention to: 55% of workers surveyed said that they would look for work elsewhere if their remote options were taken away.
  • Also, employees that work remotely take less vacation time and time off compared to their in office colleagues, allegedly due to experiencing less stress and a better work-life balance.
  • People who work remotely make more money, and spend significantly less every year just to go to work. Up to $7,000 a year less, as a matter of fact! Less on eating out, less on commuting, less on daycare, less on clothing, and the list goes on.
  • It’s easy to see why employees love working from home, but higher engagement and retention rates aren’t the only benefits that employers enjoy.
  • People who work remotely are 13% more productive, and often work more than 40 hours a week by choice because they are happier. 56% reduction in absenteeism should also make employers take action!
  • 99% of employees surveyed said that they would work remotely if they could (at least part of the time). Now that’s a big number! And 72% of recruiting professionals report that remote work flexibility is vital to their recruiting success in the future. 

Factors contributing to the rise in working remotely. 

The demand for remote work was on the rise prior to the pandemic, and there were many factors contributing to this. For one, as technology advances, so does the efficiency and effectiveness of working remotely. Better internet connectivity and reliability, more internet capable devices, smartphones, apps, video conferencing services and even virtual and augmented reality have all enabled working from home to become a viable option for more and more professions and occupations. 

Take all of these factors and combine them with global pandemic, and you have the perfect recipe for a remote work revolution! 

The Future of Remote Work. 

Granted, there will always be positions where working remotely is not possible. Even if IoT advances to a point where robots are capable of repairing vehicles and cutting your grass, there will always need to be a human on site (even if it’s just to supervise the robots)!

Remote work is here to stay, and it’s growth is not expected to slow down anytime soon. The question is no longer IF some of or all of your team will be remote, but how many and how often. 

How is your company currently handling the technical demands of remote work, and how are you prepared to adapt in the future? 

Mobility Help Desk understands, and that’s why we’ve partnered with AT&T to make sure that your remote teams have the connectivity and devices that they need to reap all the benefits of their flexible work schedules and locations.