A new study from FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics found that companies and their workers benefit from the ability to work remotely or flexibly.
“Most of the discussions about remote work centers around the positive impact that workers and companies experience, but there are also a number of compelling broader economic, societal, and environmental benefits to this future of workplace trend,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “In fact, remote work helps support eight of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. As more and more people join the remote workforce, its impact on people, communities, and the environment will only continue to increase.”
The study saw that remote working grew 44% over the last five years and 91% in the past decade. Today, 4.7 million of the population are remote workers.
The report also found that 50% of those who work remotely experienced a major home change, with 28% moving to a new household and 24% moving to a new location altogether.
Additionally, 80% of U.S. workers said they would turn down a job that did not offer flexible working and a third said they would prioritize having this option over having a prestigious role.
It is clear that remote working in on track to continue growing as demand continues to rise thanks to its benefits such as a low-stress environment, fewer distractions, little to no commute and more.