43 Remote Work Statistics:
The Landscape of WFH

The global pandemic shed light on remote work and made it clear that companies need to invest in technologies that make working remotely possible and manageable. These remote work statistics tell us that this new way of working is one-way people will move forward in the workplace.    

General Remote Work Statistics

  • Five million employees (3.6% of the U.S. employee workforce) work at home for at least half a week. (Global Workplace Analytics, 2018)   
  • Roughly 62% of employees between 22 and 65 say they work remotely at least occasionally (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • 44% of workers say that part of their team is full-time remote. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • 18% of employees are interested in working remotely one to three days per week. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • 18% of executives work remotely more than in the office. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • 35% of remote workers are individual contributors. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • 30% of people report working for a fully remote company. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • 46% of C-suite members work at least part-time remotely. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • 55% of VPs work remotely, at least part-time. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • Email is the primary communication method for remote workers, followed by instant messaging and video chat. (CoSo Cloud, 2015)   
  • Even though remote work enables employees to work anywhere, 84% of remote employees prefer to work from home. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • 74% of remote employees earn less than $100,000 annually. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • 40% of people say that a flexible schedule would be the best perk of working remotely. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • 72% of talent professionals agree that work flexibility (which includes remote work options) will be essential for the future of HR and recruiting. (LinkedIn, 2019)   
  • 95% of people would encourage their friends or family to work remotely. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • 99% of people would work remotely if given the option. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • Between 2017 and 2018, telecommuting increased by 22%. (FlexJobs, 2018)   
  • 42% of people with a remote work option want to work remotely more often in the next five years. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • 75% of new employees might work remotely less often at their company.  (Owl Labs, 2019)   

Benefits of Remote Work

  • Companies will save an average of $11,000 if the worker is a half-time telecommuter. (Global Workplace Analytics, 2019)   
  • 71% of companies also do not compensate for the coworking spaces of remote employees. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • 74% of employees say that getting a remote work option would make them less likely to leave the company. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • 81% of employees say that working remotely would make them more likely to recommend the company to job candidates and prospects. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • More than half of in-office employees want to work remotely. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • If allowed, 99% of people would choose to work remotely, at least part-time, for the rest of their careers. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • Businesses would save an average of $11,000 annually per half-time telecommuter (Global Workplace Analytics, 2020)   

Challenges of Remote Work for Employees

  • More than half of remote employees feel disconnected from in-office colleagues. (CoSo Cloud, 2015)   
  • 22% of remote employees report that shutting down after work is their biggest challenge. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • 19% of remote employees report social isolation and loneliness as their biggest challenge. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • Less than half of remote workers say that they don’t receive proper internet security training even though companies send confidential data to their remote location. (GetApp, 2020)   
  • 23% of remote workers say that they work longer hours than they would onsite. (CoSo Cloud, 2015)   
  • 75% of the companies will not compensate for the internet if their employees work remotely. (Buffer, 2019)   
  • 43% of remote employees take three weeks or less for paid vacation per year. (Buffer, 2019)  

Advantages of Remote Work for Employees

  • The workers with highly complex jobs that require little interaction with stakeholders are more productive when remote than in an office. (Springer, 2018)   
  • 77% of remote employees say that they’re more productive when working from home. (CoSo Cloud, 2015)   
  • 83% of workers say that a remote work opportunity would make them feel happier at their job. (Owl Labs, 2019)   
  • 30% of remote employees save upwards of $5,000 annually without onsite work expenses and work travel. (CoSo Cloud, 2015)   
  • Despite the perk of remote work, less than 34% would take a pay cut of 5% to work remotely full-time, while just 24% would take a pay cut of 10% for the same option. (Owl Labs, 2019)   

Challenges of Remote Work 

  • 53% of remote employees say they’re less likely to take time off if they worked at their business’s location. (CoSo Cloud, 2015)   
  • 90% of IT professionals believe remote workers pose a security risk in general, and 54 % think that remote workers are a bigger security risk than onsite employees. (OpenVNP, 2021)   
  • 25% of employees use the same password for everything. (OpenVNP, 2021)   
  • 90% say their company requires remote workers to take part in cybersecurity training. However, for many, the level of frequency or effectiveness isn’t ideal. (OpenVNP, 2021)    
  • 36% of organizations have experienced a security incident because of a remote worker’s actions. (OpenVNP, 2021)   

Remote work is a popular advantage for prospective employees. As we can see from the remote work statistics, the company becomes a desirable place for future candidates when remote work is an option.