Working from home has become a popular option in 2020 especially as we face the Corona virus Pandemic. The option is not reserved for part-time employees anymore either. Plus, many are exploring self-employed opportunities such as starting a home-based business that also allows working from home a viable solution.

As I write this, I am aware of how life changing it has been for me personally as I enjoy the benefits of working from home. I have less interruptions and more comfort, both which lends itself to improved productivity. With this, skepticism still exists. It’s understandable as managers wonder what their employees are doing when thy are not tracked or the wonder of whether communication is challenged. But nowadays, we can be sitting in the next cubicle and will still likely communicate via email. Technologies have allowed for huge growth in working remotely. Direct messengers and video chat software has allowed for seamless communication.

Pamela Bump, a writer for HubSpot states the following stats in her article, “40 Remote Work Stats to Know in 2020”:

Remote Workforce Size

  • In the U.S., 4.7 million employees (3.4% of the workforce) work from home at least half the week. (Global Workplace Analytics)
  • Roughly 62% of employees between 22 and 65 say they work remotely at least occasionally, (Owl Labs)
  • 44% of employees say that part of their team is full-time remote. (Buffer)
  • While 30% of people report working remotely full-time, 18% work remotely one to three times per week. (Owl Labs)

Job Types of Remote Workers

  • 18% of executives work remotely more than on-site. (Owl Labs)
  • 35% of remote workers are individual contributors. (Owl Labs)
  • 30% of people report working for a company that’s fully remote. (Buffer)
  • 46% of C-suite members work remotely at least part-time. (Owl Labs)
  • 55% of VPs work remotely at least part-time. (Owl Labs)
  • New employees might work remotely less often at their company. Roughly 75% more on-site workers have worked in their positions for less than a year, (Owl Labs)

Remote Work Growth

  • The amount of people who work remotely at least once per week has grown by 400% since 2010. (GetApp)
  • 42% of employees with a remote work option plan to work remotely more often in the next five years. (Owl Labs)
  • Between 2017 and 2018, telecommuting increased by 22% (FlexJobs)
  • If they could, 99% of people would choose to work remotely, at least part-time, for the rest of their careers. (Buffer)

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