Remote working has come skidding into our lives as not only a popular, but in many cases essential way of working. Remote workers aren’t new – after all, many people have been working from home for years – but working remotely has become nearly universal across multiple industries, validating it much faster than anyone expected. Here are some interesting statistics we found which show that remote working is here to stay, and that the unique challenges it presents means you will need to readdress how you work with these employees.
New remote workers report increased productivity
The switch to remote working has been broadly well received this year – indeed, 77% of remote employees say they’re more productive when working from home and 81% of employees say that the option to work remotely would make them more likely to recommend their company to job candidates and prospects.
We need to recognising the (well documented) challenges
However, unlike a lot of new changes which have emerged this year which have no data on their long term advantages or disadvantages, the data on the ways in which remote working can go wrong already exists in abundance. There have been widespread studies into what to watch out for, with stats such as:
- More than half of remote employees say they feel disconnected from in-office employees
- 22% of remote employees report that unplugging after work is their biggest challenge.
- 19% of remote employees report loneliness as their biggest challenge.
- Despite receiving confidential business data to their remote location regularly, less than half of remote employees say they receive proper internet security training.
One of the biggest hurdles is with onboarding. If you adapt your onboarding process to accommodate your remote workers, you set their journey off on the correct footing. The opposite is unfortunately also true. So how can you do it?