Millennials are changing remote work

Working remotely is a core part of many organisations’ flexible working initiatives. Here are 10 important facts you need to know about working away from the office

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Technology has enabled the number of remote workers to rise rapidly in recent years; the TUC estimates that the number of UK people working from home increased by a fifth in the 10 years to 2016, and now stands at around 1.5 million people.

As employees demand more flexible working options, it’s vital that HR departments and line manager fully understand the implications, benefits and downsides of teams that include remote workers. Here are 10 essential statistics you need to know about working remotely.

  1. Research by CanadaLife found that remote workers regard themselves as more productive: home workers rated their productivity at 7.7 out of 10. Those working in open-plan offices rated their productivity at an average of 6.5 out of 10
  1. More than half (58%) of workers surveyed by PowWowNow in 2017 said working away from their office would improve their motivation levels
  1. According to the same PowWowNow survey, 56% of employees believe managers need to adapt their skills to manage a remote workforce
  1. Three-quarters (76%) of US workers surveyed by FlexJobs in 2015 said they prefer to do important tasks in places other than the office. Four-fifths (82%) said they would be more loyal to their current employer if the organisation had flexible working arrangements
  1. More than a third (39%) of people who mostly work from home often work additional hours to complete their tasks, compared with less than a quarter (24%) of those in fixed workplaces, according to 2017 research by Cardiff University