It’s been a weird year, to say the least. Throughout 2020, news cycles and behavioral shifts have come so fast and furious that it feels like we’ve squeezed a decade of change into just a few months—and work has been no exception. Though the option to work remotely has long been on many workers’ wish lists, prior to March 2020, it was a benefit enjoyed by a privileged few.
However, when COVID-19 lockdowns shuttered countless workplaces and forced 34% of previous commuters to work from home practically overnight, it created the opportunity to gather unprecedented data about what remote work is really like.
This data does more than provide a snapshot of life during this rollercoaster of a year. With many companies—including tech giants like Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter—planning to make working from home a permanent option for employees moving forward, these real-life insights offer businesses an important opportunity to inform the remote work experience of the future.
From employee and employer attitudes about remote work to successes and pain points, taking some time to examine remote work statistics will allow organizations to refine their approach to new working arrangements.
Here are 7 stats about WFH you need to know.
1. 83% of office workers want to WFH at least once a week
Remote work doesn’t have to be all or nothing—employees want greater flexibility to do their best work in the setting that meets their needs. Based on data from PwC US Remote Work Survey, for the majority of workers this means a hybrid approach: coming into the office some days while reserving at least one day per week to WFH.
2. 55% of employers expect to offer flexible workweeks
According to PwC’s survey, many employers are keen to deliver on their employees’ desire to work from home part-time. Even after the threat of COVID-19 dissipates, more than half of businesses say they’ll allow employees to work remotely at least one day per week. But they’ll still use the physical office as a hub for collaboration and community building.
3. 55.8% feel they have everything they need to WFH productively
There are numerous prerequisites for successful remote work, and the good news is that the majority of employees working from home say they have access to all the necessary infrastructure, hardware, data, and platforms they need to be productive. But even after months of working from home, some employees are still struggling because they don’t have the full spectrum of tools they need. A third of workers say they have most—but not everything—they need to do their work, and more than 10% say they’re struggling, with either a significant shortfall or none of the tools they need to be productive.
4. Only 26% of leaders are still concerned about remote work productivity
Managers have long feared that home-based employees would slack off or face challenges that would stand in the way of productivity. But a majority of leaders now admit they were wrong. While concerns persisted in the earliest days of the pandemic, just one quarter of finance leaders are still worried remote work will result in less getting done. That’s down from 63% who had this concern in March. – Read more
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