Remote Work StatisticsToday, remote work is one of the biggest benefits that companies can offer to their employees.

After the recent events that have taken place in the world lately, the opportunity to work from home has become one of the biggest bailouts for most companies and its employees.

Giant companies such as Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Twitter, and Facebook are advising their workers to stay and work from home to prevent the spread of CoronaVirus.

This is the case for most medium-sized companies as well as other small businesses.

This trend is challenging the traditional view of the workspace.

After this pandemic has passed, the changes that are happening today in the work environment will make employers rethink their approach to the workspace and how they can integrate more remote workers.

Today, unfortunately, millions and millions of workers globally have been forced to work from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Given the current situation, we have decided to review the 10 most interesting remote work statistics.

11 Interesting Work From Home Statistics

1. During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic period on average, 39% fewer people were at their workplaces.

Google recently posted a COVID-19 mobility report which aims to provide insights into what has changed in response to policies aimed at combating CPVID-19.

After analyzing mobility trends of places of work Google has found that on average 39% fewer people were spending time at their workplaces, meaning more people had to work from home.

This is how these statistics look when looking at different countries:

Country Mobility Trends for Places of Work
United States -38%
United Kingdom -55%
Canada -44%
Australia -33%
Italy -63%
Spain -64%
Germany -39%
South Korea -12%
Japan -9%
Lithuania -33

2. 88% of companies have encouraged or required their employees to work from home in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

According to the Facility Executive, 88% of companies have required their employees to work from home. Note that, 88%. That’s a staggering number!

And, on March 17th, a survey conducted by Gartner, Inc. revealed that about 97% of all organizations in America had canceled their work-related travel plans.

Here are a few examples of companies that have required their employees to work from home:

In early March, the giant social networking company Twitter required it’s employees around the world to work from home.

Also, Best Buy sent out a message to their workers, giving them the freedom to choose whether they want to go to work or not.

The e-commerce giant Amazon also advised it’s employees to work from home if they can.

It’s not business as usual anymore.

3. Only 1 out of 4 Americans Can Work from Home During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine

Working from home brings flexibility for the worker.

It also enables the employee to deal with any personal emergencies or issues at the workplace. Despite the flexibility that it brings, only 1 out of 4 Americans can work from home during this quarantine period.

According to the survey made by the Bureau of Labour Statistics, only 29% of Americans can work from home. This includes 1 out of 20 service workers and the bulk of workers in the information sector.

According to theguardian.com, American Time Use Survey reveals that:

  • 26% of workers in the health and education sector would be able to work from home.
  • 57% of people in the financial industry said they would work from home
  • Meanwhile, only 11% of people working in fishing, hunting, and agriculture could work from home
  • And for people who work in the hospitality industry, this number is only 9%

4. 99% of people would like to work remotely

If it were not for these prevailing conditions, how many people would like to work from home voluntarily?

Well, according to Buffer, in their state of remote work report, 99% of people would.

99% of people would like to work remotelyThe specific question asked in the survey was:  Would you like to work remotely, at least some of the time, for the rest of your career?

Buffer admits that the overwhelming number of respondents who said yes was the highest number they’ve ever collected. Going forward, this is something that employers should look at to ensure the satisfaction and productivity of their workers.

5. 4.3 million people in the USA work from home at least half the time

So, how many people in the USA are currently working from home?

According to Global Workplace Analytics, 4.3 million Americans work from work at least half the time.

But, here is even a bigger shocker: according to a survey done by Upwork and American Freelancers Union, 53.7 million workers in America are freelancers.

Note, freelancers do not necessarily work from home.

But, a number of them are.

6. 3.4% of the U.S. population works remotely already

If you are not already working remotely, then you are a little behind in the current trends in the world.

According to flexjobs.com, 74% of people are finding flexible working to be the new normal.

In an analysis done by Flexjobs and Global Workplace Analytics, remote working in the United States from 2016 to 2017 grew by 7.9%.

In 2015, 3.5 million workers in the U.S. were working remotely. The number has now grown to 4.7 million, which is 3.4% of the U.S. population.

Flexible working schedule and the ability to attract and retain talents were the main reasons cited by respondents for embracing remote working.

For some, they say they would turn down a prestigious role if it did not offer a flexible working environment.

Remote working is also suitable for business, with 85% of companies saying that productivity has increased with increased flexibility.

Remote working is also good for business as it leads to lower operating costs.

Remote work is also prevalent in cities with higher levels of income.

Lower-income locations do not have a lot of remote working as the areas are saturated with industries that require more physical work.

7. 16% of companies exclusively hire remote workers

According to the State of Remote Work Report by OWL Labs, 16% of companies exclusively hire remote workers.

Note, these companies that exclusively hire remote workers purely operate online. They do not have an office and most likely have workers from different countries and continents.

Running an online company gives employers the flexibility of sourcing talent without being limited by geographical locations.

These are companies that have fully embraced the changing landscape of the workspace. In the future, especially after the corona pandemic, most companies will be forced to rethink and adopt measures to encourage more workers to work from home where possible.

8. 18% of people work remotely full-time.

Also, according to the report by Owl Labs, 18% of executives work remotely.

And, interestingly, more senior executives work remotely at least once per week 34% more than executives in lower positions.

remote work by job levelThe other respondents reported that 30% of them worked remotely full time, 7% worked at home at least 3 times per week, 11% at least once, 8% at least once per month, and 6% less than once per month.

9. 56% of global companies allow remote work

According to Owl Labs, 56% of companies allow for remote working. Global Work Statistics points out that 16% of workers work in fully-remote companies.

In a study carried out by Owl Labs in 2019, they interviewed 1,202 workers. Of the 1,202, 745, which is 62% of the sample, work remotely, and only 38% (457) work on site.

According to Owl Labs, remote working leads to more productivity for the workers and the right balance between work and other aspects of life. This leads to happier and more productive workers.

10. 44% of global companies don’t allow remote work

Unfortunately, despite the ever-evolving world and the changing workspace landscape, some companies across the globe don’t allow people to work from home.

Specifically, 44% of companies don’t allow remote work. This is according to the owl labs state of remote work report. This percentage includes 15% of companies in the U.S., which forbid remote workers.

11. 40% of companies are hybrid – offering both remote and in-office options

In the face of change, most companies are adopting the hybrid model whereby employees are given the option to either work remotely or come to the office.

According to the Owl Lab report, 40% of companies were already offering their work model to encourage employees flexibility.

By 2018, in the U.S., 85% of the companies were already using the hybrid model to encourage more employees to work remotely and only show up at the office when needed.

Summary: Remote Work Statistics

Here’s a summary of the remote work statistics you need to know:

  1. 88% of companies have encouraged or required their employees to work from home in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  2. Only 1 out of 4 Americans Can Work from Home During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine
  3. 99% of people would like to work remotely
  4. 4.3 million people in the USA work from home at least half the time
  5. 3.4% of the U.S. population works remotely already
  6. 16% of companies exclusively hire remote workers
  7. 18% of people work remotely full-time
  8. 56% of global companies allow remote work
  9. 44% of global companies don’t allow remote work
  10. 40% of companies are hybrid – offering both remote and in-office options

Sources:

  1. COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports
  2. Facility Executive; BBC; BestBuy
  3. Bureau of Labour Statistics; The Guardian
  4. Buffer
  5. Global Workplace Analytics; Upwork
  6. Flexjobs
  7. State of Remote Work Report by OWL Labs
  8. Owl Labs
  9. Owl Labs
  10. State of Remote Work
  11. Owl Labs
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Mert Kocadüz
2 months ago

pandemic will change working life. working remotely can affect employee performance. can be more comfortable and concentrated. The opposite is also possible depending on the type of enterprise. however, in terms of communication with internal areas, remote work may cause delays, communication breaks, and disagreements.

Rohit Kumar
1 month ago

I have also starting working from home ,b’coz of this current situation.And I think even if it is fixed,Every startup will realize that ,thousands of dollars they are paying for their office/co-working space ,they can save it without compromising the quality of work.Plus,the employees are save there travelling expense and time.It’s a win win situation for both.

Amit Garg
1 month ago

Hey

Indeed, Amazing Statistics!

The 44% of global companies that don’t allow remote work must be struggling to survive.

Things will change and so the stats.

By the way thanks for sharing

Amit Garg