In 2016, several US federal agencies called their remote workers back into the office, claiming a lack of evidence proving the effectiveness of remote work. The result – at least according to some data: an uptick in the frequency of sick leave and vacation requests, no increases in productivity and plummeting employee morale. In fact, Gallup data reinforces the circumstantial evidence collected by the federal agencies. Employers weighing the pros and cons of letting their employees work from home will be interested in learning about Gallup’s findings.
Remote work is on the rise and employees increasingly seek it.
Since 1996, the number of companies offering remote work options has tripled. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that by 2016, 43% of employees spent at least part of their working hours working off-site, while 31% worked remotely from 80% to 100% of the time. Finance, insurance and real estate underwent the highest growth in remote work, Gallup reports, followed by transportation, manufacturing, construction and retail.
The normalization of remote work is also changing employee expectations: More than half of office-based employees report that they would change their job if they were offered work-time flexibility elsewhere.
Remote work boosts productivity, with working off-site 60% to 80% of the time delivering the best results...