New survey results from Virtual Vocations reveal what jobseekers expect from 100% remote jobs. On February 1, 2022, Virtual Vocations updated our job posting policy to solidify our status as a 100% virtual job board. This shift to sharing only fully remote jobs was inspired by jobseeker feedback, but we sought to learn more about how current and potential remote workers perceive fully remote positions and what they want from 100% virtual jobs. The survey results outlined in this report reveal modern workers’ opinions on 100% remote jobs, their views on flexibility in the workplace, and what concerns them most about life as an employee in 2022.
CEO’s Statement on the 100% Remote Jobs Survey
“To learn more about how working adults, including Virtual Vocations members, perceive fully virtual roles, we designed our “What Does a 100% Remote Job Look Like to You?” survey and shared it during our seventh annual Remote Work Week event. From March 13–18, 2022, we received more than 540 responses from current and potential remote jobseekers eager to weigh in on how they define a 100% remote job and what they want from a remote career.
The results of our survey not only speak to the remote job search preferences and career goals of modern working professionals but also prove workers’ desires to maximize flexibility within their personal and professional lives by cutting their commutes, removing restrictions from their work locations, and even adopting a four-day work week.”
- More than two-thirds (68.07%) of respondents are Gen-Xers or Baby Boomers.
- The majority of respondents identify as female (67.75%).
- Most respondents (67.05%) were employed at the time they responded to the survey.
ARE YOU CURRENTLY EMPLOYED?
Yes, I am employed.
No, I am currently out of work.
WHAT IS YOUR GENDER?
Nonbinary or gender non-conforming (0.76%)
I prefer to not answer. (1.53%)
WHAT IS YOUR AGE RANGE?
77 or above (0.96%)
Defining Fully Virtual Work
- More than two-thirds of respondents (68.07%) don’t believe the phrase “100% remote” has be limited to no onsite appearances at all, as long as those appearances are restricted to occasional onsite meetings or travel for a work retreat.
- The primary reasons respondents want a 100% remote job are to save money by not commuting, to be more productive while working from a home office, and to enjoy better personal health and well-being.
DO YOU ASSOCIATE THE PHRASE “100% REMOTE” WITH ALLOWING ANY OCCASIONAL ONSITE MEETINGS OR RETREAT TRAVEL, EVEN IF THEY ONLY HAPPEN ANNUALLY?
Yes, because the job itself does not require any onsite work or travel.
No, “100% remote” should mean no onsite requirements or travel for any reason.
IF YOU DO PREFER 100% REMOTE JOBS THAT NEVER REQUIRE YOU TO LEAVE HOME FOR WORK, WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY REASONS? PLEASE CHECK ALL THAT APPLY. (IF YOU DO NOT PREFER THIS TYPE OF ARRANGEMENT, PLEASE SELECT THAT OPTION BELOW.)
Saving time/money by not commuting.
Not wanting to get ready for work or be concerned about appearance.
Being home is better for my personal health and well-being.
Watching TV or listening to music while working (as loud as I want).
Caring for children or other dependents, including pets.
Limited access to locally available jobs or ones that fit my experience, skills, and education.
More productive while working from home.
Time to pursue personal interests like exercising, art, or traveling.
The ability to rest more, including sleeping in or taking naps during the day.
Avoiding in-office politics and conflicts.
I do not prefer this type of work arrangement.
Preferred Work Arrangements
- The top concern of respondents within their existing workplaces is little to no access to remote work options (20.08%), even ahead of inadequate salaries and opportunities for advancement, low job satisfaction, and not feeling valued in the workplace.
- More than seven in 10 respondents (70.28%) desire a 100% remote job defined as ‘fully remote’ or ‘work from anywhere‘ with no business or field travel required.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP CONCERN WITHIN YOUR EXISTING WORKPLACE?
Few opportunities for advancement.
Uncertainty about how COVID-19 will impact the business/my job.
Inadequate salary or benefits.
Little to no remote work options.
Lack of transparency from management and executives.
Disagreeable coworkers or workplace bullies.
Low motivation and job satisfaction.
Not feeling heard or valued. (3.35%)
Unwillingness for leaders to acknowledge and correct problems.
WHICH OF THESE WORK ARRANGEMENTS IS MOST APPEALING TO YOU?
HYBRID: Time split between working from home and working from a traditional, onsite office.
FULLY REMOTE: Working from home 100% of the time with no field-travel; onsite onboarding or a periodic (i.e. quarterly or annual onsite meeting(s)/retreat(s) may be required); employers may ask that employees be located in a specific state, region, or country.
PARTIALLY REMOTE: Working from home most of the time but also willing to travel for work as needed.
DIGITAL NOMAD: Simultaneously and continuously working and traveling to new locations of your choosing.
WORK FROM ANYWHERE: Fully remote but with no location parameters and no onsite requirements of any kind.
Ideal Remote Work Parameters
- When it comes to ideal remote work locations, 63.86% want to work from a dedicated home office.
- 45.21% prefer a four-day, eight-hour work week because they feel they can be just as productive in 32 weekly work hours.
- More than four in 10 respondents (42.34%) are the primary caregiver for a loved one who would be home with them while working remotely.
- Nearly two-thirds (61.64%) want to work from home 100% of the time.
IDEALLY, HOW MANY DAYS PER WEEK DO YOU WANT TO WORK FROM HOME?
Every day; I want to work from home 100% of the time.
3-4 days per week.
FOUR-DAY WORK WEEKS ARE AN EMERGING TREND. WOULD YOU PREFER WORKING FOUR DAYS PER WEEK RATHER THAN THE TRADITIONAL FIVE AND, IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE THAT TO LOOK?
Four-day work week, working 10 hours a day.
Four-day work week, working eight hours a day; I can be just as productive in 32 hours per week.
I want to keep the traditional, five-day work week.
I am indifferent to my hourly schedule.
IF YOU WORK FROM HOME OR HOPE TO BE A REMOTE WORKER SOON, ARE YOU ALSO THE PARENT OR PRIMARY CAREGIVER OF A LOVED ONE WHO IS CURRENTLY HOME WITH YOU OR WOULD BE HOME WITH YOU DURING WORK HOURS?
I am not interested in working from home at this time. (0.57%)
IMAGINE YOUR IDEAL REMOTE WORK LOCATION. WHERE ARE YOU?
In a coffee shop or café. (3.82%)
Cozy on my couch or in bed.
In a dedicated home office.
Outside on a patio or enjoying fresh air in a park.
In a modern coworking center with loads of amenities. (2.87%)
Poolside or on the beach.
In a location as remote as my job; I want to be far away from people.
Contact Information for the 100% Remote Jobs Report
Inquiries about our 100% remote jobs survey results can be made to Kimberly Back, Senior Job Data Content Producer, at kim (at) virtualvocations (dot) com. Please visit Virtual Vocations on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest for additional remote work content and conversations.
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