In early 2019, Owl Lab released their yearly review on the Global State of Work. Encompassing six continents, the study aims to shed light on the satisfaction level, preferences, and demographics of the average worker across the globe. Overall, most of the respondents were individual contributors from a diverse number of industries including finance, education, and health. This year’s study focused on remote work: who’s doing it and how is it working?
Who’s doing it?
Overall, 56% of companies worldwide allow hybrid or fully remote work for employees, hybrid being those who spend one or more days per month working out of office. The U.S. is one of the leaders for remote work with 85% of companies allowing their employees to work from home and 16% of U.S based companies being fully remote. Learning style was also taken into consideration as 40% of respondents said that they are visual learners, which is not surprising as a majority of people are visual learners. Kinesthetic learners (those who learn by doing) are the minority of learners and are 56% more likely to be fully remote. Men are 35% likelier to be kinesthetic learners, which makes sense as men are more likely to work remotely.
Why work remotely?
The #1 reason in 2017 to work remotely was a healthy work-life balance. A healthy work-life balance has been cited as one of the most important factors for millennials in the workplace. In 2018, the #1 reason is increased productivity and better focus, which is a win-win for employees and employers alike. All of this boils down to one thing: remote workers are happier. In fact, those that work remotely even just once a month are 24% happier than those who never work remotely.
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