Remote Working Statistics You Need to Know in 2021

A little over a year ago, the world changed dramatically, almost overnight. As organizations have now fully embraced remote work, at Intuition we wanted to gain a better understanding of the numbers behind this work-model shift, looking specifically at remote working statistics relevant to this past year of unpredictable change.

During this research, it became clear 2020 has brought about a series of significant advancements in the business world, such as:

  1. The adoption of remote work as a mainstream business model
  2. Emerging benefits as a result of remote work, most notably increased employee and company productivity
  3. A shift in business leaders’ perceptions of remote work and what this means for the business
  4. An uptick in both the uptake and need for workplace learning
  5. An increased emphasis on employee overall health and wellness
  6. Shifts in thoughts around talent acquisition and retention in response to this new way of working

This article looks at key stats within each of the above areas.

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General stats on remote working

1. Nearly half of employees worked remotely full-time during the pandemic

2. The amount of employees working remotely prior to the pandemic was 30%, compared to 48% now

3. 48% of employees will keep working remotely at least some of the time after COVID-19

4. Modern employees would now choose to spend 40% of their time working from home

5. 62% of employees now expect their employers will allow them to work remotely moving forward

projected percentage of employees working remotely before and after the pandemic

Source: Gartner

Stats on remote working benefits

6. 83% of employees report they are more productive working from home

7. 77% of employees say that working remotely will help their company lower operating costs

8. 78% of remote employees agree they want to work remotely to avoid distractions

9. 27% of employers have reported increased company productivity

10. The shift to remote working will make work more flexible, with 43% of CEOs saying they will grant employees flexi-days going forward

Stats for business leaders

11. 47% of company leaders will allow employees to work from home full time after the pandemic

12. 78% of a group of 669 CEOs believe remote collaboration has to be thought of as a long-term business strategy

13. When asked what their biggest concern is, 30% of business leaders replied with maintaining corporate culture

14. 61% of business leaders have implemented more frequent manager-employee check-ins

15. 29% of business leaders have not taken any measures to track productivity remotely

 

Stats on eLearning

16. In 2020, 87% of millennials and 69% of non-millennials considered career development to be an important part of a job

17. Employees deliver $30 of increased productivity for every $1 invested in e-learning

18. Using corporate e-learning results in an increase of 18% in employee engagement

19. 82% of organizations conduct some of their compliance training online

20. 94% of employees say that they would be more willing to stay in those corporations that prioritize and invest in employee career development

Stats on health and wellness

21. 91.5% of remote workers in one survey engage in regular wellness activities (compared to 81.5% of onsite workers)

22. Engaging in wellness activities can increase productivity in workers who have been isolated from family and friends by 24%

23. 91% of remote workers who experienced increased efficiency and productivity at work in the last six months also regularly engage in wellness activities

24. 80% of remote workers would consider quitting their current position for a job that focused more on employees’ mental health

25. 75% of U.S. workers have struggled at work due to anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other recent world events

Source: Buffer

Stats on talent acquisition and retention

26. 65% of respondents in one survey report wanting to be full-time remote employees post-pandemic

27. 31% of current remote employees want a hybrid remote work environment moving forward

28. 81% of respondents in one study said they would be more loyal to their employer if they had flexible work options

29. Remote employees are more likely to report being satisfied with their jobs than office-based workers (57% vs. 50%)

30. Remote workers are 13% more likely to stay in their jobs than onsite workers

Conclusion

Whether you are looking for information on how to manage your workforce going forward, or are interested in the key areas your employees deem important in this tumultuous world, the above evidence will help you gain a better understanding of key business areas related to remote working.

If workforce learning and development is one of the key areas you would like to focus on for the year ahead, Intuition can help.

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