Owl Labs released its State of Remote Work 2019 report in September. This year, the study focuses on remote work trends within the United States. The topics investigated include who is working remotely, why workers choose to telecommute, and what challenges these remote workers face.
Virtual Vocations reached out to Owl Labs CEO Frank Weishaupt for his perspective on this year’s State of Remote Work report. Weishaupt stated the following:
No matter your company’s mix of remote and office working, the challenges remain the same—ineffective communication. As an employer, it is critical to maintain community for all workers despite their physical location, and require manager training specific to remote workers.
We conducted this report with Global Workplace Analytics to learn about the pros and cons of remote working, and how it impacts both employees and employers. By offering the benefit to work in their location of choice, those who work remotely are more likely to stay loyal to their current company than onsite workers. Having trust and flexibility in the workplace permits employees to feel happier in their job, in fact, 29% more.
—Frank Weishaupt, CEO of Owl Labs
Partnering with Global Workplace Analytics, Owl Labs surveyed more than 1,200 full-time workers in the United States between the ages of 22 and 65. The mission was to learn more about how remote work impacts worker loyalty, happiness, and retention.
Of the 1,202 survey respondents, 62% are remote workers—49% of whom work remotely on a full-time basis—and 38% are on-site employees who never work remotely. The frequency of remote work reported shows that professionals in higher-level positions, like team managers, directors, vice-presidents, c-level executives, company founders, and consultants, are more likely to work remotely.
Remote workers were also found to be 2.2 times as likely to earn more than $100,000 per year, which could correlate to the percentages of higher-level workers who also telework.
The State of Remote Work 2019 also covers the top industries and departments for remote workers. Top industries for telecommuting survey respondents include:
- Healthcare – 15%
- Technology/Internet – 10%
- Financial Services – 9%
- Education – 8%
- Manufacturing – 7%
The top departments that employ remote workers are:
- Facilities/Operations/IT – 18%
- Customer Support/Service/Success – 14%
- Sales – 13%
- Administrative – 11%
- Human Resources/People Ops – 7%
Where worker happiness, loyalty, and retention are concerned, telecommuters reported that remote work not only makes them happier and less stressed but also helps them feel more trusted and cared for by their employers. Remote workers also stated they can better manage work-life issues, are more likely to recommend their company to a friend, and are less likely to leave their company.
In fact, remote workers say they are happier in their jobs than their on-site counterparts as well as more likely to stay in their current jobs for the next five years.
55% of remote workers report they would likely look for a new job if they were no longer allowed to work remotely.
It is easy to understand why when remote workers outline their reasons for working remotely, which include the following:
- 91% seek better work-life balance
- 79% desire increased productivity/better focus
- 78% want less stress
- 78% need to avoid a commute
The State of Remote Work 2019 report also presented survey results on the training that remote workers receive, the opinions that on-site workers have about remote workers, and the biggest challenges that managers of remote employees face. To learn more about these and other key findings, read the detailed benchmark report.
Like Owl Labs, Virtual Vocations believes employees should have the flexibility to work from anywhere and that they should have the appropriate training, technology, and communication plans in place to assist them in their efforts. The State of Remote Work 2019 report reflects this mutually shared philosophy that remote work benefits employees and employers alike, and that remote work is here to stay.
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