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Remote Work Statistics
June 15, 2022
Nearly two years after the pandemic forced companies to offer employees remote work options to comply with safety and health guidelines, many employers are beginning to implement return-to-office policies.⁵ It may seem like most people want to stick with full-time remote work, but the reviews on remote work are mixed.
To help you understand how most employees view remote work, and what we know about remote employee productivity, we’ve compiled a list of remote work statistics from reputable sources.
Pre-Pandemic vs. Current Work Trends
The data below show where employees worked before the pandemic, where they work now, and where they will work in the future.¹¹
Employee location in 2019 (pre-pandemic):
8% Exclusively remote
60% Fully on-site
Employee location in February 2022:
39% Exclusively remote
19% Fully on-site
Expected location in 2022 and beyond:
24% Exclusively remote
23% Fully on-site
Employee preferred location:
32% Exclusively remote
9% Fully on-site
Remote opportunities for all high-paying jobs leaped from under 4% before the pandemic to about 9% by the end of 2020 and to more than 15% today.⁸
Only 8% of employees were exclusively remote before the pandemic—but that 8% jumped up to 70% in May of 2020. However, only 32% of employees would prefer exclusively remote work moving forward.¹¹
Employees appreciate remote work for a variety of reasons:
Before COVID-19, 37% of employees reported wanting flexible work benefits. That 37% has risen to 56% today.¹
62% of respondents appreciate saving money by working from home.¹
58% of respondents appreciate not having to commute by working from home.¹
35% of employees say losing their current work flexibility is a major concern.¹
Remote Work and Mental Health
According to a 2021 survey from the American Psychological Association, 79% of employees reported work-related stress in the previous month.⁴
In the same survey, 36% of respondents reported cognitive weariness, 32% emotional exhaustion, and 44% physical fatigue.⁴
74% of respondents said working from home will be better for their mental health after the pandemic.⁴
84% of respondents said working remotely after the pandemic would make them happier even if it meant taking a pay cut.⁴
Another 2021 survey showed nearly two-thirds of at-home employees feel isolated or lonely at least sometimes and 17% feel so all the time.³
73% of younger adults aged 18-29 who worked from home at least part of the time reported feeling isolated or lonely.³
73% of adults aged 30-44 who worked from home at least part of the time reported feeling isolated or lonely.³
45% of employees who worked from home at least part of the time reported having difficulty getting away from work at the end of the day.³
44% of full-time employees whose jobs can be done remotely say remote work is better for their mental health, while 48% say hybrid work is better for their mental health.¹⁰
65% of employees who worked from home during the pandemic experienced some sort of new health issue.⁹
Remote Work and Workplace Connections
38% of survey respondents who work from home said they miss random interactions with colleagues, while 33% miss in-person meetings and 32% miss in-person collaboration.¹
49% of on-site employees believe long-term remote work will harm company culture.⁸
The number of people posting in a Teams channel designed to include the whole team decreased by 5% between April 2020 and February 2021.⁷
33% of full-time employees believe remote work will hurt company culture.¹⁰
31% of full-time employees prefer on-site work because it helps them feel more connected to their team.¹⁰
94% of executives said remote employees are less connected and have fewer opportunities within the company compared to in-office employees.²
96% agreed that employees who primarily work from home are disadvantaged compared to those who work in the office.²
93% said that employees who turn their cameras off during virtual meetings are generally less engaged in their work overall.²
43% of executives assume that employees who mute themselves or don’t use their cameras all the time are browsing the internet, checking social media, or texting.
46% admitted their company does not provide all the necessary tools for virtual employees to be as engaged as in-office employees.²
A 2021 survey asked managers to evaluate the following statement: “The performance of remote workers is usually lower than that of people who work in an office setting.” Roughly 14% strongly agreed, and roughly 24% agreed.¹²
Other Remote Work Statistics 2022
Remote work has affected various demographics in different ways. The following statistics show what we have learned about remote work and what we can expect from the future.
Remote Work’s Effect on Women
Polls have shown that women want to work either entirely or partly remotely at levels 10% higher than men.⁶
45% of women business leaders say it’s difficult for women to speak up in virtual meetings.⁶
20% of women responding to a survey said they felt ignored or overlooked by colleagues during video calls.⁶
Employee Preferences and Expectations
90% of at-home employees said they are as productive or more productive working remotely compared to in-office.⁴
In November 2021, 4.5 million people voluntarily quit their jobs, illustrating the danger of ignoring widespread employee preferences.⁴
81.5% of current workers feel more empowered to hold their leaders accountable for a better workplace including hybrid or remote work.⁴
37% of on-site employees whose jobs can be done remotely wish they could work partially from home.¹⁰
11% of on-site employees whose jobs can be done remotely wish they could work entirely from home.¹⁰
38% of employees want a hybrid arrangement with complete flexibility and employee autonomy in deciding when to come into the office.¹⁰
24% would prefer if their employer required a certain number of days per week to be on-site.⁸
Data scientists at Ladders predict that 25% of all professional jobs in North America will be remote by the end of 2022.⁸
Despite the push for flexible and remote work, 38% of employees agree the physical office will remain as critical if not more critical than before.¹
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CBRE. “Remote Work is Here to Stay - But So is the Physical Office.” CBRE, 22 July 2020, https://www.cbre.com/insights/articles/remote-work-is-here-to-stay-but-so-is-the-physical-office. Accessed 31 May 2022.
Forbes. “Lack Of Engagement By Remote Workers Can Lead To Their Early Termination: New Study.” Forbes, 13 April 2022, https://www.forbes.com/sites/edwardsegal/2022/04/13/lack-of-engagement-by-remote-workers-can-lead-to-their-early-termination-new-study/?sh=660732182e80. Accessed 31 May 2022.
Forbes. “Remote Workers Report Negative Mental Health Impacts, New Study Finds.” Forbes, 15 October 2021, https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrobinson/2021/10/15/remote-workers-report-negative-mental-health-impacts-new-study-finds/?sh=620d61dc74b8. Accessed 31 May 2022.
Forbes. “Remote Work Is Here To Stay And Will Increase Into 2023, Experts Say.” Forbes, 1 February 2022, https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrobinson/2022/02/01/remote-work-is-here-to-stay-and-will-increase-into-2023-experts-say/?sh=6baae8e420a6. Accessed 31 May 2022.
Forbes. “Two Years Into The Pandemic, Almost Twice As Many Workers Prefer Hybrid Schedules To Fully Remote Work.” Forbes, 15 March 2022, https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenamcgregor/2022/03/15/two-years-into-the-pandemic-almost-twice-as-many-workers-prefer-hybrid-schedules-to-fully-remote-work/?sh=1c70f12677ec. Accessed 31 May 2022.
Haas, Martine. “Women Face a Double Disadvantage in the Hybrid Workplace.” Harvard Business Review, 24 March 2022, https://hbr.org/2022/03/women-face-a-double-disadvantage-in-the-hybrid-workplace. Accessed 31 May 2022.
HBR. “What a Year of WFH Has Done to Our Relationships at Work.” Harvard Business Review, 22 March 2021, https://hbr.org/2021/03/what-a-year-of-wfh-has-done-to-our-relationships-at-work. Accessed 31 May 2022.
Ladders. “25% of all professional jobs in North America will be remote by end of next year.” Ladders, 7 December 2021, https://www.theladders.com/press/25-of-all-professional-jobs-in-north-america-will-be-remote-by-end-of-next-year. Accessed 31 May 2022.
Roll, Shawn. “Remote work amid COVID-19 pandemic led to spikes in mental, physical issues: survey.” Safety+Health Magazine, 18 March 2022, https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/22377-remote-work-amid-covid-19-pandemic-led-to-spikes-in-mental-physical-issues-survey. Accessed 31 May 2022.
Saad, Lydia, and Ben Wigert. “Remote Work Persisting and Trending Permanent.” Gallup News, 13 October 2021, https://news.gallup.com/poll/355907/remote-work-persisting-trending-permanent.aspx. Accessed 31 May 2022.
Wigert, Ben, and Ryan Pendell. “The Future of Hybrid Work: 5 Key Questions Answered With Data.” Gallup, 15 March 2022, https://www.gallup.com/workplace/390632/future-hybrid-work-key-questions-answered-data.aspx. Accessed 31 May 2022.
HBR. “The Realities of Remote Work.” HBR, 29 October 2021,
What Is a Virtual Office? (Advantages & Disadvantages)
Research from CBRE found that nearly 85% of employees would prefer to work remotely at least two to three days a week. On top of that staggering conclusion, Chicago Booth economists found that nearly 34% of U.S. jobs can be performed at home. What does this research mean for companies that have yet to adopt a hybrid or remote work model? Change is coming.
Over the past few years, the office landscape has transformed into something entirely different from a traditional office. Instead of gloomy 9-to-5 days spent in a cubicle or conference room, employees spend their days collaborating with peers and clients from virtually everywhere. This change has made a difference—now, 77% of employees report that this flexibility benefits their mental health.
Over the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent increase in hybrid and remote work have blurred the lines between home and professional life. As the stress in our work lives increases, our mood regulation skills become less effective. When this happens, work stress can bleed into our home and personal lives.⁸