50+ Remote Work Statistics & Trends Of 2022

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Working from home is hardly a novel concept, especially after the novel coronavirus pandemic. Many businesses have recognized the benefits of allowing their staff to work from home for several years. On the other hand, the coronavirus epidemic caused many more firms to adapt and evolve. Rightly so, businesses had to find a way to keep functioning when the whole world was under lockdown. Although the virus hasn’t completely gone, some companies have started calling their employees back to the offices. So,  Will businesses continue to embrace the perks of working from home, or will they resume normal operations after the virus has completely subsided?

Whatever happens, individuals have learned a lot over the last couple of years about remote working. This fresh information, paired with data from before the epidemic, makes it more difficult to deny that remote working is an essential component of any modern corporate strategy.

I have compiled some interesting and important statistics associated with remote working in this blog to help employers and employees plan their next steps. 

Remote Work Statistics Highlights

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  1. Around 16% of companies in the world are completely remote.
  2. Having the opportunity to work from home would make 74 percent of employees less likely to leave a company.
  3. Globally, 44% of companies do not allow any kind of remote work.
  4. Americans save an average of 50 minutes daily by working remotely.
  5. Working from home saves an average working professional in India Rs 5,520 every month and 1.47 hours of commuting time each day.
  6. Web conferencing software saw the most increased software spending after the covid-19 pandemic began.
  7. Microsoft teams have over 270 million monthly active users as of 2022.
  8. Expanded use of collaboration platforms is the most adopted remote work technology.
  9. Enterprises globally are spending over $178 billion on cloud infrastructure.
  10. Most people named Flexible scheduling the most important benefit of working remotely.
  11. Working from home is more productive, according to 77% of employees.
  12. Having teams with remote workers are expected to become the expected trend, according to 85% of managers.

Sources: Owl Lab, Statista, Economic Times, Geekwire, Upwork.

General Remote Work Statistics

  1. Only 3% of white-collar professionals want to return to work five days a week.
  2. A whopping 86% of employees prefer to work from home at least two days every week management, not the workers, will determine when remote working is no longer acceptable, according to 87% of tech firm leaders.
  3. After COVID-19, 54% of employees will continue working remotely at least occasionally.
  4. One-quarter of workers said the hardest part about working from home is being unable to unplug at the end of the day.

Here is the table showing the most reported problem by remote working people:

ProblemShare of people reporting it
Not being able to unplug25%
loneliness24%
Being in a different timezone than teammates21%
Staying Motivated21%
Difficulties with collaborating and communication17%
Other4%
  1. 31% of people claim they have no struggles working from home.
  2. In order to continue working from home occasionally after the pandemic, 46% of respondents would be willing to accept a pay loss of up to 5%.
  3. Another FlexJobs survey revealed that 24 percent of workers claim that having the option to work from home is so crucial to them that they would be willing to accept a wage drop of between 10 to 20% in exchange for it, and 21 percent would forgo some vacation time.
  4. Following the pandemic, 8% of respondents say they would like to work remotely full-time, while 39% would prefer a blended environment. Amazingly, 97 percent of workers want to work remotely in some capacity.
  5. The value of the global video conferencing market is $14.6 billion. By 2026, the market is expected to nearly double, reaching up to $27.3 billion.

Source: Livemint, Pewreserach, Owl Labs, FlexJobs.

Employer Specific Remote Work Statistics

  1. After the pandemic, 47% of business owners are willing to permit employees to work entirely from home.
  2. To ensure that all workers feel included and involved, 27% of managers reported that their organizations had implemented new hybrid etiquette practices.
  3. Most higher-level management claimed that quality control of unified communications and collaboration technologies was the most important part of UX monitoring for their IT firm.
  4. The fact that management of the company has become confident in the employees’ performance when working from home was one of the key factors for organizations to contemplate switching to a totally or largely remote workplace in 2021.
  5. As per a Statista survey, 72% of American respondents said they will invest in virtual collaboration technologies in the future to accommodate their mixed workforce.

Here is the table showing data from that survey:

Investment AreasShare of Respondents
Tool for Virtual Collaboration72%
IT Infrastructure70%
Training for Managers64%
Conference Rooms for Enhanced Connectivity57%
Hoteling Applications50%
Communal Space in the office48%
Unassigned Seating in the office45%
  1.  According to the Global Workplace Analytics report, firms can save more than $11k annually on each employee. The savings come from lower office space costs, more productivity, and decreased absenteeism.
  2. More frequent employee check-ins have been undertaken by 61 percent of business leaders.
  3. Nearly 20% of American respondents did not know if they were utilizing a virtual private network (VPN) or not when working from home, compared to 43% who said they were. 38% of respondents said they were not using any VPN.

Employee Specific Remote Work Statistics

  1. The flexibility to have a flexible schedule was the primary advantage of working remotely in every country, according to 67 percent of respondents. The ability to work from wherever came in second.
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Here is the table showing the main benefits of working from home:

Benefits of Working From HomeShare of Respondents voting
Flexibility in spending time67%
Flexibility to choose work location62%
Having more time59%
Flexibility to live wherever55%
Financial Betterment48%
Work Focus and Stability44%
Feeling Safe32%
Flexibility in carrier options29%
Other4%
  1. according to 85% of employees, a hybrid or fully remote work arrangement allows them more time to devote to personal or family responsibilities.
  2. 24 percent of workers agree that working remotely lessens workplace politics and bureaucracy.
  3. It was simpler to present to a group online than in person, according to 70%  of respondents in the U.S.

Here is the table showing the benefits of participating in meeting remotely as per US respondents:

BenefitsShare of Respondents
It’s easier to present to a group71%
It’s less stressful70%
It’s just as productive as in-person67%
It’s easier to contribute66%
It makes participation more equal66%
  1. Active work hours and log times are the most likely surveillance activities within businesses worldwide, said 47% of the employees polled in a Statista survey.
  2. Only 33% of people have a room specifically for working from home, and 50% of those people spend the entire day sharing that space with someone else.
  3. Americans who worked from home have established their own offices. However, 25% of people preferred working in coffee shops or restaurants, while 39% preferred working from their bedrooms.

Here is the table showing the most popular places to work from when working remotely:

PlacesShare of respondents
Home Office73%
Bedroom39%
Dining Room39%
Couch38%
Coworking space31%
Kitchen29%
Cafe or Restaurant25%
Outdoors24%
Closet21%

Sources: Statista, Gallup, Gitlab.

Software Statistics

  1. Web conferencing software saw the most increased software spending after the covid-19 pandemic began.
  2. Around 48.08% of the global market for key office suite technology was controlled by Microsoft’s Office 365. The second significant rival in the market is Google’s office suite, which recently fell behind Office 365 in popularity.
  3. With an 18.9% return rate, Cisco Webex Calling was the top unified communications as a service (UCaaS) solution for multinational businesses with more than 1k employees.
  4. Microsoft teams have over 270 million monthly active users as of 2022.
  5. Expanded use of collaboration platforms is the most adopted remote work technology.

Source: Statista, Geekwire, Upwork.

Remote Working and Its Environmental Impact

  1. According to estimates, 3.9 million workers who work from home at least half the time cut greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to taking more than 600k cars off the road for a whole year.
  2. A projection by Upwork states that by 2025, close to 36.2 million Americans may be working remotely, cutting commuter miles by 70 to 140 billion annually.
  3. Globally, remote employees might have the same effect on air quality as 91 million new trees planted.

Source: FlexJobs

Remote Work Statistics associated with Health

  1. A recent study by Dice.com found that 66 percent of people who work from home feel burned out, compared to 64 percent of people who go to work every day.
  2. 91 percent of people working from home who reported higher efficiency and productivity at work also routinely engaged in wellness activities.
  3. 75% of American workers have experienced difficulties at work as a result of fear brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak and other recent global occurrences.
  4. Since starting to work from home, 74% of people have experienced mental health difficulties, mainly depression and anxiety.
  5.  A study from the American Psychiatric Association states that 54% of workers believe their managers are more sensitive to their needs.
  6. 20% of people in the same study say their employer provides mental health assistance.

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Conclusion

These remote work statistics indicate that this trend is expected to continue growing in the years to come. The latest coronavirus pandemic causing remote work to reach previously unheard-of heights.

It appears that many firms aim to continue allowing some degree of remote work, and many anticipate using a hybrid working paradigm that permits workers to work remotely at least occasionally. The organizations will probably gain from these measures in the form of lower costs and higher production. A happier and healthier workforce will help organizations as a result of the favorable effect on workers.

I will keep updating this space with more information as I get my hands on it. Happy remote working!

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