Remote Work: Facts You Should Know

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2020 has ushered in remote work in more companies compared to recent years, mainly due to the pandemic. For example, many companies have to transition to a remote setup to curb its effects.

Moreover, with the remote work setup becoming more normal these days, a business must know more about it. For example, knowing more information about it can help a business anticipate opportunities and challenges related to it and include them in their strategies. Read on to find out facts about this work setup you should know. 

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Some Employees Will Choose to Work Remotely Even After the Pandemic

In fact, even after the pandemic, many believe that remote setup is here to stay, although as a hybrid. For example, the Harvard Business School found out that around 16% of Americans will shift to remote work for at least two days a week. Those asked would choose this setup even after COVID-19 subsides. Moreover, according to the same study, a third of the companies who have shifted to remote work believe this setup is here to stay. 

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It Affects Recruitment and Job Retention

Did you know that working remotely affects an employee’s well-being and feelings about their company? Owl Labs found out that 83% of employees, both on-site and remote workers, agree that remote work makes them feel happier. Also, workers that have the option to work remotely agree that they’re more likely to recommend their company to their friends. It will also make them less likely to leave. 

A burnt out remote worker

Many Workers Report Unplugging After Work as a Challenge

Buffer found out in a study the main challenges remote workers face with their setup. The number one challenge they reported is the difficulties of unplugging after work (22%), followed by loneliness (19%). These challenges might be due to the lack of structure, such as an office, that can help an individual create a border between work and private time. Some strategies a remote worker can do as a solution to those challenges are the following: 

  1. Follow a schedule, create a routine
  2. Have proper breaks 
  3. Have an accountability partner from work
  4. Work on urgent projects or to-dos