Remote work first gained its attention when the Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly ended the ROWE program which is known for “Results-Only Work Environment” and then allowed the employees to work in any places as long as their work was done. This gives birth to an idea that there is no exact workplace that is needed in order to finish the work, you can work in any place and employers can hire in different time zones, the main goal here is to finish the task in time. Who wouldn’t consider this kind of setup where a lot of workers can save from transportation, able to work at the comfort of their home with flexibility of their working hours.
Working outside of a traditional office setting is defined as Remote Work. This allows people to do their job wherever they are comfortable as long as they are able to finish their tasks efficiently.
Many professionals are considering this kind of setup even before the Pandemic disrupts everyone. The advantages before are that their expenses in transportation and food are low, they can work any time of the day be it in couch or bed, in the garden or in your favorite coffee shop, the option is always yours. Presently because of the pandemic, you can take advantage of not risking your health outside and still capable of providing for your family.
According to Statista, the US has 17 percent of employees working from home, 5 days or more per week before the coronavirus and suddenly it mounts up to 44 percent during the pandemic. The uncontrolled outbreak of the pandemic made most of the office-based workers shift into remote work. (STATISTA)
As everyone is adjusting to this new working situation, will it be possible that remote work can potentially reach its recognition?
Remote Worker Before and After Covid Stats – Highlights
- Before the pandemic, only 7% of participants said the majority of employees were working remotely but after the Covid-19 almost 74% of business owners and CEOs said all employees at their company were working remotely
- Nearly 48% or half of the employees worked remotely full-time during the pandemic
- 48% of employees will keep working remotely at least some of the time after COVID-19 (Gartner)
- 62% of employees now expect their employers will allow them to work remotely moving forward.
- Nearly half of employees worked remotely full-time during the pandemic
- Modern employees would now choose to spend 40% of their time working from home
- 88 percent of global organizations offered remote work options to employees during the pandemic
1.71% of Businesses witnessed negative impacts, such as a reduction in productivity, difficulty in maintaining the work/life balance, and difficulty in assessing accountability. (EXPERT MARKET)
While other companies are still considering the alteration of the workplace environment, there are already a few telework companies urging their employees to work back in the office. The reasons are:
Unproductive- given that remote workers have their own place and time, they can do whatever they want leading to mismanagement and neglect of work.
Lack of Training- hiring remote workers means there are fewer ways of conducting actual training to develop the employee’s abilities and skills focusing on their specialization.
Communication- since employees are working off-site, a barrier is built between the team. It is tough to work on a team with your coworker without a connection.
According to Elaine Varelas, managing partner at Keystone Partner, “Many managers find it very difficult to manage remote workers and are used to managing by facetime and lots of reporting in quick meetings. They assess contribution by knowing you get in early and leave late. Because of their lack of skill, they choose not to offer or allow remote work, or even flexible schedules.” (Forbes)
2.79% of the remote workers marked the Covid-19 as the main reason why they turned into Telework.
It is indeed not safe for everyone to be associated with lots of people knowing the threat it may give to them and to their family.
3.Sudden mount up of Remote Work after Covid.
From 31% of the American employees working remotely soar up to 62% in just three weeks from mid-March to April 2020. The work setting has altered intensely, so too has the insight of remote workers. (GALLUP)
4.How the Coronavirus change the US Work Environment
Recession after the pandemic has opened the door of many offices to remote work for the millions of employed Americans. Based on Pew Research Center Survey Only one-in-five say they worked from home all or most of the time. Now, 71% of those workers are doing their job from home all or most of the time. If they are given an option, half of the workers would want to keep working from home even after the pandemic.(PEW RESEARCH)
5.The majority of workers say their job responsibilities cannot be done from home
62% of workers with a bachelor’s degree or more education say their work can be done from home. This compares with only 23% of those without a four-year college degree. a majority of upper-income workers can do their work from home, most lower- and middle-income workers cannot.
6.2.9% of the total U.S. workforce work remotely as part-timers.
Working part-time does not necessarily mean that they could lack income; in work from home setup, you can gain a lot of remote jobs depending on the availability of your time. (FlexJob)
7.18% of people work remotely full-time
Tech and Customer services are one of the industries that are hiring full-time remote workers. Although some believe that hiring a full-time teleworker can give a negative impact on their service, this industry believes in the potential of remote workers.
8.35% of the remote workers are an individual contributor
These are the employees who are not on a management track within an organization, but instead, manage their one-person team on projects and tasks. They are a freelancer professional without management responsibilities and contribute to an organization individually. (Owl Labs)
The pandemic has impacted the companies to alter their traditional work environment considering the safety of their employees. They create a support system allowing permanent access to remote work.
9.80% of employers permit employees to work remotely.
80% of company leaders surveyed by research and advisory firm Gartner said their organizations plan to permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time upon reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic, Gartner announced July 14. ((HR DRIVE)
10.47% in the HR field allows the employees to work from home full time
The survey of 127 HR, legal and compliance, finance, and real estate professionals also found that 47% of respondents said they intend to allow employees to work remotely on a full-time basis, while 43% would grant flex days and 42% would provide flex hours. Elizabeth Joyce, VP of advisory at Gartner’s HR Practice pointed out some difficulty on how to manage a more complex hybrid workforce. The concern on how to keep productivity, mental health, and communication are being tackled by most employers. (HR DRIVE)
11.Before COVID-19, 62 percent of employees reported positive mental health.
It suddenly dipped to just 28% as the pandemic remains. Job satisfaction and job motivation have also decreased job satisfaction from 57 percent to 32 percent and job motivation from 56 percent to 36 percent. (OWL LABS)
12.24% more likely to feel happy and productive than those who don’t.
Those who work remotely at least once a month are relatively happy and are less stressed making them more dynamic in their task. The absence of stress and pressure from their workplace boost the productivity of the employee. (CMSWIRE)
13.71% of remote workers are happy
Remote workers surpasses the level of happiness they feel compared to the 55% of onsite workers who said that they are pleased in their workplace. (OWL LABS)
14.77% of people said a job with flexibility would allow them to be healthier.
A flexible time can give the employee the benefit of taking care of their health. Less stress from the workplace environment, you can prepare your own healthy meal without thinking of a fixed break time and you will have the time to loosen up when you feel tired already.
15.97% of workers believe that communication impacts tasks every day.
Consistent virtual communication in the workplace between staff and administrators supports the improvement of competent workers. It plays a major role in keeping the trust and engagement of all virtual staff.
After the pandemic communication tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Slack have been vital to the remote work boom. The Usage of these platforms has blasted, leading to a surge on the number of workers using personal smartphones or tablets for business. Microsoft Teams alone added approximately 40 million users over the span of six months last year.
16.95% of workers plan to use the business communication tool over face-to-face meetings.
Even before the pandemic, business communication tools have gained popularity over the in-person meeting these are the emails, desk phone, messenger, and web meeting. People are using video meetings 50% more than pre-COVID-19. Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet have been widely used in virtual communication such as conducting training, orientation, lectures, and web meetings.
17.69%, of remote workers, are experiencing burnout
Over two-thirds, or 69%, of remote workers, are experiencing burnout symptoms while working from home according to the survey global online employment platform Monster conducted July 10 and surveyed 284 US employees. Regardless of work burnout, the majority (59%) are taking a fewer time off than they usually would, and 42% of those still working from home are not planning to take any time off to decompress.
Monster career expert Vicki Salemi said the work may have offered you a break from the commute, office structure, and your regular daily routine for the past few months, the mental break from work, as well as technology, is equally important.
While 71% of the remote workers state that they are happy, we could not deny the fact this type of working scheme is not ideal for everybody especially after the pandemic literally alters the traditional working arrangement of many.
18.57% of the worker has difficulty in staying focus
This is why every remote worker should learn to have their own working station at home where they can concentrate on their jobs. If you are a mom and you are working home with your child, the possibility of getting distracted is high.
52% are having trouble with their Speed Connectivity
One of the most common issues in working remotely is slow home internet speed and Wi-Fi connections. Most Remote worker-employers recommend a minimum of 50 to 100 Mbps download speeds for working from home, and at least 10 Mbps upload speeds if you upload large files to the internet.
19% of remote worker report loneliness as their biggest challenge
Not everyone is an introvert. We all need to establish a social connection with our team and coworkers to be able to reach our main goal in every task. Most of the remote workers who feel lonely are from the office-based type of the environment who were suddenly advised to WFH because of Covid.
20.54% of IT professionals consider that remote workers are a greater security risk
IT leaders see the advantages of remote work and they are also aware that this type of new work setting is here to stay but there is the risk. The Company and Organization should take the right precaution in their security because in the scheme they are vulnerable to many risks. 36% of remote worker-employers have experienced a security incident due to insecure remote workers. How do other proactive companies deal with this issue? According to the study by the OPEN VPN which reveals how most companies are literally unprepared, other organizations offer security training to remote workers and build a work security policy in place to lessen the risk.
If you are planning to send your employees to work remotely, your IT department should be prepared. Setting up the office tools so that your employee can access the company systems from home. (Open VPN)
REMOTE WORKER CAREER GROWTH Before and After Covid
Before the pre-Covid, 68% of remote workers are not concerned whether working remotely has an impact on their career growth, and dropped to 58% in 2020. (Owl Labs)
THE FUTURE OF THE REMOTE WORK
As many professionals often say, remote work has already been a trend even before the pandemic and they are already aware that it is here to stay. The company and organization must be able to adapt to the new system and learn from the whole pandemic time how remote work is able to rise despite the struggles in the economy.
Employers should embrace strategies, procedures, and tools that can discourse the new workplace. One example is investing in a communications intelligence platform capable of thoroughly scanning reams of data and quickly escalating problems to gatekeepers. (Forbes)
Remote work has been with us even before the pandemic. A sudden boom in the remote work scheme has become an eye opener that in times of crisis like the pandemic, this telework can save the economy.
It has the potential to claim its recognition but the government and the other concerned organization should give the right attention and guidelines on how they can improve the system of this work because not all Companies are technologically ready.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the first thing that leaders and individual managers can do to help their employees get ready?
Prepare the IT team to ready all the apps and tools that both the staff and the managers have to install to gain access to the company’s database. Secure all data since it is possible that during this time, It might be vulnerable to any risk.
How will these changes affect productivity?
Employees may or may not easily get used to their new set up and this could affect their productivity. According to FlexJobs’ survey, 95% of respondents say that their productivity has been higher or the same working from home, and 51% report being more productive when working remotely.