24 Remote Work Statistics to Watch Out for in 2022

Nov 26, 2021 · 11 min read
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Remote work is no longer just a perk but a norm for most organizations!

2020 and 2021 became the years when the remote work trend reached its historical peak due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And yet the interest in flexible work arrangements isn’t going to decline in 2022 as well.

Something that had to be adapted with force under severe circumstances is turning out to be a choice for many. While some businesses can’t wait to resume the work from office culture, many more look at the future of work as remote or hybrid.

To back this up, let us tell you that a whopping 74% of people believe that flexible working has become the new normal.

But every coin has two sides, right?

Let’s dig deeper into how remote work has changed the lives of employees, employers, and organizations bit by bit with the help of statistics.

Remote Work Statistics on Highlight

Let’s look at more such statistics that are on highlight for the year 2021:

  • Over 26% of the workforce in the USA will be working remotely through 2021.
  • 40% of people feel the most significant benefit of remote work is the flexible schedule.
  • Remote employees save commuting time up to 40 minutes on a daily basis.
  • Count of people who work from home in 2021 increased by 140% since 2005.
  • 81% of those surveyed believe their employer will continue to support remote work after COVID-19.
  • 76% of workers would be more willing to stay with their current employer if they could work flexible hours.
  • 16% of companies exclusively hire remote workers.

Remote Work: What Do We Know?

77% of people agree that after COVID-19, being able to WFH would make them happier (Owl Labs).

The number of people who work from home has increased by 140% since 2005 (Global Workplace Analytics).

Telecommuting has grown 115% in the past decade (State of Telecommuting).

Globally, 52% of workers work from home at least once every week (Owl Labs).

Small companies are twice as likely to hire full-time remote workers (Owl Labs).

Parental leave is 23% more important to remote workers than it is to on-site workers (Owl Labs).

Remote Work: What Are the Benefits?

68% of people who work remotely logged improved performance due to fewer distractions (Flex Jobs).

Remote workers save 40 minutes daily on the commute (Owl Labs).

86% of people feel that remote work reduces stress (Flex Jobs).

Companies that allow remote work have 25% lower employee turnover than those that don’t (Owl Labs).

77% of remote employees are more productive when they work from home (Connect Solutions).

Remote work makes 81% of employees recommend their company to others (Owl Labs).

Remote Work: What Are the Challenges?

In a survey, 47% of respondents indicate managing at-home distractions as the biggest challenge of working remotely (Statista).

18% of employees’ biggest struggle with remote work is to unplug from work (Buffer).

1 in 2 people won’t return to jobs that don’t offer remote work (Owl Labs).

The biggest struggle of 20% of remote employees is coping up with loneliness (Buffer).

35% of employees faced issues when collaborating with colleagues / clients (Statista).

28% of remote employees claim work burnout as a major challenge (Statista).

Work from Home or Not?

80% of remote workers prefer working remotely from home (Buffer).

15% of employees’ organizations allow work from home as and when needed (Buffer).

39% of respondents in a survey claimed that spending time with their families was the most important perk of working from home (Statista).

25–30% of the workforce will be working-from-home multiple days a week by the end of 2021 (Global Workplace Analytics).

1 in 4 full-time employees would be willing to take a pay cut of over 10% for the choice to work from home (Owl Labs).

77% of respondents agree that after COVID-19, having the option to work from home would make them happier (Owl Labs).

The more, the better!

For the company’s greater good, it’s wiser for organizations to give an option of working from home or setting up a hybrid work culture.


Since the pandemic, a whole new set of possibilities, benefits, and challenges have been explored. For example, the data by Owl Labs indicates that remote employees worked about 26 hours extra each month during the pandemic. This calculates for nearly an extra day each week which is beneficial for the organization but not for the employee’s work-life balance.

There are more such situations that require attention, and the internet sources referred to in this post will help organizations and employees confront the ongoing and upcoming issues — it’s about time to relook and rethink the way we work and welcome remote and hybrid teams as they are here to stay!


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