Long-term assumptions about where and how people work have changed as a result of the pandemic. Many workers now opt for a completely remote work environment.
The Pew Research Center found in early 2022 that 60% of workers want to work from home all or most of the time. That’s a 6% increase since 2020.
However, many companies are not comfortable with this new system.
Let’s check some of the remote work trends for 2023
1. Remote working productivity remains high
Most employees commute. This has not changed. However, this survey shows that before the pandemic, only 5.6% of employees worked from home; in 2022, however, the survey shows that 15% of employees now do so. Before the pandemic, 75% of commuters traveled no more than 10 miles to work, while 4% traveled more than 40 miles.
After some reflection, 94% of workers who used to commute are looking for a hybrid work solution where they can work from home at least some days. The 10% of workers who have transitioned to working from home instead of an office have realized the benefits of their commute and, surprisingly, are 47% more productive than those who operate in an office setting.
2. Remote opportunities continue to grow
Fewer than 1 in 20 U.K. workers earning less than £20,000 have the opportunity to work from home, and some industries-67% of construction companies and 72% of healthcare providers-do not permit remote work at all. However, many have been debunked by the promise of remote work and hybrid work practices.
Hiring remote workers allows you to choose from a larger pool of candidates than just those who live near your headquarters and can commute to work.
3. More competition, more opportunity
Of course, the preceding arguments result in a plethora of options available to workers. They no longer have to search for the best job in their nearby city, but can search for their dream career anywhere.
The ability to hire from anywhere in the world creates an incredible pool from which an employer can choose – and from which the best employees can be selected.
4. A societal shift more broadly
The fact that these high-level employees are no longer forced to live in the world’s largest cities to find the most competitive jobs in the world is a remote work trend that will likely affect everyone, everywhere. Workers can transfer their skills and money to the smaller cities and rural areas of the country, bringing prosperity to areas that have had less in the past.
According to this Tracking Happiness study, workers who worked from home were 20% happier on average. Employee well-being increased 3% for each day they worked from home. As remote work becomes more common, we can hope that job satisfaction and happiness in general will increase.
5. Higher investment in corporate cybersecurity
Cybersecurity in remote work will become increasingly important for companies. When confidential information needs to be accessed remotely, better thought needs to be given to who can access what, where and how.
6. Creating an iron-clad remote working policy
To capitalize on remote working trends and make working from home feasible and productive, employers are developing remote work rules. Changes in tax jurisdictions, permanent establishment, and immigration issues can cause a lot of headaches that could have been avoided with a remote work policy. Such a policy ensures that you are not putting yourself or your employees at undue risk.