25 Interesting Facts on Telework / Working Remotely

Interesting as well as new stats on working from home and remote work jobs –

The global mobile workforce including employees working remotely is slated to increase from 1.45 billion in 2016 to 1.87 billion people in several years in 2022, or 42.5% of the global workforce.

(Strategy Analytics, Global Mobile Workforce Forecast Update 2016-2022)


In the US, about 22% of employed people surveyed do work from home on an average day.

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Dept. of Labor, American Time Use Survey Report June 2017, survey conducted for 2016)


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More than three-fourths of managers and staff surveyed around the world at organizations with workplace flexibility practices said they increase employee engagement and satisfaction, and more than two-thirds said they increase employee motivation.

(WorldatWork Trends in Workplace Flexibility, (updated), 2015)


Productivity increased 22% when workers were allowed to choose their optimal place to work.

(Bloom et al. in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Nov. 20, 2014 and referenced in Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility, Council of Economic Advisers, June 2014)


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Other studies show productivity increases between 15 to about 50%.

In the US, for instance, that could mean a gain of $334 billion or more a year in national productivity.

(Global Workplace Analytics analysis and stats as of Sept. 2015)



1 in 3 workers say they have passed up a job because it conflicted with family obligations.

(Nielsen/Harris Poll of 4,096 US adults, May 27-30, 2014)


56% of working parents say it’s difficult to balance their work and family.

(Raising Kids and Running a Household report, Pew Research Center (updated), 2015)


8 in 10 employees consider telework a job perk.

(Global Workplace Analytics analysis and stats as of Sept. 2015)


Nearly 75% of teleworkers reported better work-life balance & 69% reported a less stressed day.

(US-Canada Telecommuting Survey, Staples, June 2014)


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Holding all else equal, commuters have lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that their daily activities are worthwhile, lower levels of happiness and higher anxiety on average than non-commuters… The worst effects of commuting on personal well-being were associated with journey times lasting between 61 and 90 minutes.

(Office for National Statistics, UK, Commuting and Personal Well-Being, Feb. 2014)


61% of employers expect flexible working benefits to increase in importance for employee retention at all levels of the organization.

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(2016 Strategic Benefits Survey, Society for Human Resource Management – SHRM)


Working remotely offers job & income opportunities in a variety of sectors and industries for current employees, but also:

  • career changers
  • job searchers
  • recent graduates
  • under-employed workers
  • spouses of transferred workers & military service members
  • semi-retired workers
  • disabled workers and
  • anyone needing flexibility or work options


60% of teleworkers around the world pointed out they prefer full-time over part-time telework…

As for the setting, 62% usually work at home, 38% work in other spaces, like coffee shops, local shared workspaces, or at airports and accommodations.

(Global Telework Survey, PGi, June 2015)


Dell has saved $21 million in real estate expenses and since 2014 reduced 9,800 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from energy savings – the equivalent emissions of 49 car trips to the moon and back – by letting employees work remotely.

(Dell corporation 2020 Legacy of Good update, FY2015)


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PwC, a business services firm with operations around the world, is aiming for more flexible workspace, such as co-working spaces at its offices, as well as teleworking – toward as much as $850 million in cost savings and greater work-life flexibility for all employees.

(Bloomberg news, “How Satisfying Millennials Could Save PwC $850 Million,” Mar. 23, 2016)


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Even organizations like Aetna and Humana where many employees have worked remotely and WordPress/Automattic, where everyone works remotely (100% distributed) can develop company culture.



For WordPress/Automattic and others, being more focused on results than how work gets done; making use of user-friendly and economical software tools for project management, some of which have automated workflow features, file-sharing, group chat; talking over disagreements by phone or video; and meeting up occasionally as part of the overall employee experience, like an all-staff annual brainstorm and team bonding at a destination…


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Staff can also represent the organization where they are, at charitable or sponsored events, and feel even more connected to the organization.
(Automattic; Berkun, How WordPress Thrives with a 100% Remote Workforce, Harvard Business Review, March 15, 2013; and session, How to Build Culture in a Distributed Company, South by Southwest, 2014)


And traffic: $160 billion in time & fuel is used up in traffic congestion just on US roads alone…


That’s more wasted fuel than it’d take to fill the New Orleans Superdome arena 3x and about…

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2 weeks’ worth of work (42 hours) in traffic yearly per commuter.

(Texas A&M Transportation Institute, 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard)


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