Silicon Republic predicts that by the year 2025, remote work will up crucial business rates enough to rival in-house or office work. Blueface, a Comcast business company, credits this anticipated future to current innovations on working from home and the output such delivered. Considering the cost savings and the potential growth transitioning might induce, this most probably will sound great to executives and business owners alike. But how would the people who will actually be working at home feel? Thanks to verified and reliable sources, we’ve gathered statistics on how employees perceive and process working from home. That said, here are the latest numbers on the employees’ take on remote work.
What are their work preferences?
The major age group of survey respondents and the workforce alike, millennials, have responded positively to the idea of working from home. 85% said they’d prefer to work remotely 100% of the time and half of such said they would be okay with telecommuting some of the time.
The older demographics also said they actively seek more flexibility and work from home options. According to a research done by AARP, as cited by The Fiscal Times, 74% of Gen. X employees wanted flexible schedules from their job, and 34% of them wanted to work from home.
Mothers, single and married alike, also enjoy work from home opportunities. It has been reported that over 50% of women sought to retire or chop up working hours after having their first child. For work at home moms, however, this was much less likely to occur – with only 25% giving thought to such options. Considering that 56% of women in the tech industry leave their jobs mid-career, offering more flexible and workable options will create a significant impact on the reduction of turnovers.
To summarize, a huge majority of the employee population responses displayed positive disposition towards working remotely. In fact, according to Workforce Futures, 83% of white collar workers have reported they don’t feel the need for an office to work and be productive.
What are the benefits they enjoy?
Majority of employees have reportedly rated saving money as the top benefit of working from home on their end. While businesses save up on rent and utilities for office facilities, workers have also enjoyed saving up from the money office employees would normally spend on transportation, store-bought food, and the ghastly costs of required socialization.
To add to that, employees have also listed carbon footprint reduction as a much coveted benefit. With less commute, there is also much less contribution to dangerous greenhouse gas emissions.
Last but not the least, among the top three benefits employees desire was remote work itself. For much of the respondents, being able to work from the comfort of their own homes was a perk in itself. According to a study by Softchoice, 74% of North American office workers reported they would change jobs in preference of a work from home policy.
What struggles do they need help with?
Although 16% of global businesses operating fully remotely, 40% operating on hybrid dynamics, and 52% offering open remote work options have already been enjoying the perks of having business done remotely, there are still issues that employees encounter issues that you can solve and conquer.
The top three being problems with internet stability, productivity obstacles, and faulty or lacking leadership, employees have listed some difficulties in the dynamic. Thankfully, however, 87% view these issues as ‘struggles to overcome’ instead of deterrents to work. According to the majority of the employees, the perks remain to outweigh such issues and they’re willing to wait for apt reforms to be done.
How much has their performance been affected?
In terms of performance, studies have found large hikes of productivity as well as hours saved for the same workload assigned. A Stanford study reported that call center employees who worked from home increased their performance by a whopping 13%, and 4% were from handling more calls per minute all just in their first month. Another research sponsored by Cisco found that working from home even just partially translated to a 12% increase in productivity.
According to Polycom Inc, two out of three employees have also stated that they were much more productive working from home than in office.
With the numbers and employees vying for remote work themselves, it’s hard to ignore that it’s a sound option for employees and employers alike. Savings aside, there are many benefits and outcomes that vouch for the efficiency and work-life balance this dynamic provides to the workforce and who they work for. It’s pretty much been agreed how good this transition can be for business, people, and even the environment. The only thing up for debate now is whether or not you’ll be using this opportunity to your advantage.
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