It has become quite a challenge for companies to keep up with technological progress, the growing needs of the world population and general human resource management. The business model of distance working has changed the game for millions of workers and employers around the world, and this number is constantly increasing.
This rise in popularity of remote work is not unjustified; it offers enormous convenience to both groups.
As we have already mentioned, millions of workers have already successfully embraced this business model. The graph below shows that in the United States alone, the number of part-time and full-time distance workers increased by about 159% between 2005-2017.
It is important to mention that none of these people work as freelancers or self-employed. Instead, certified companies employ them because they want to save office costs and offer their employees a number of advantages in their daily working habits.
These benefits and privileges are numerous, but they are very useful for these workers to enjoy. As you probably already know, one of the main advantages is flexible working hours. You can choose when you want to work, sleep, have lunch or spend time with your loved ones. This is particularly practical if you are a parent and your schedule is often upset by the needs of your children.
Because your working hours are completely flexible, you can set a better sleeping, eating and exercise schedule, improving your overall wellbeing and health. You will experience less stress, anxiety and increased productivity, with up to 82% of all remote workers surveyed reporting tremendous stress relief and better work habits.
In fact, up to two-thirds of all remote workers massively increased their productivity, even when working in teams.
It is also very important to note that according to some projections, up to 51%, or more than half of the total American workforce, will become dependent on remote working. This means millions of dollars in savings on office supplies, transportation costs, employment insurance, etc. These facts are particularly important for employers, who can reduce not only these costs but also tax increases in the coming years.
Overall, it can be great to be an employee of a company that offers bona fide distance working options. However, companies tend to get used to this working model slowly to see if it works for both employers and employees. It often starts with one day per week of remote working, with the number of days potentially increasing with success and productivity rates.
The graph below contains a wealth of stats that will be useful for everyone, especially those interested in distance working, the benefits it brings and the ease with which it can be done without the stress of office work.
Most distance workers would encourage everyone to give up the 9-5 year old old school office job and start working remotely with all the privileges that this model offers. However, it is always important to get as much information as possible before embarking on a life-changing journey. Nevertheless, let’s jump straight to the infographics and discover more details.