According to a survey conducted by Enterprise Technology Research (ETR), the overall percentage of remote workers permanently working from home is expected to double. Erik Bradley, the chief engagement strategist at ETR, says, “The Productivity metric is proving that remote is working.
So, we all thought that there would be some increase in permanent remote work, but we didn’t expect that to double from pre-pandemic level.” Source – https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-technology/permanently-remote-workers-seen-doubling-in-2021-due-to-pandemic-productivity-survey-idUSKBN2772P0
Tech-based giants like Facebook, Square, Twitter, and some other Silicon Valley giants have paved the way for other organizations and industries by announcing early on during the pandemic that they would be allowing a large portion of their employees to work from home indefinitely.
Upwork – a popular work website for freelance jobs, estimates that 1 in 4 Americans will be working remotely through 2021. By 2025, 22% (36.2 million) of the overall workforce will work remotely – an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels. Source – https://www.apollotechnical.com/statistics-on-remote-workers/
According to Global Workplace Analytics, 56% of W2 workers (75 million employees) could work from home if their employers allowed it.
The Upside of Working-From-Home
Here is some data & statistics for better perspective –
Working from home means employees save 40 minutes per day of travel time.
Because of reduced expenditure from just being outside one’s house, people have been able to increase their average monthly savings by about $500 per month during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has got more than 70% of full-time workers working from their homes.
Close to 60% of a conducted study said they would be more likely to choose an employer who offered remote work than those who don’t.
Source for the above four statistics – https://dealsonhealth.net/wellness-industry-statistics/
According to an Owl Labs survey, workers working from their homes reported being happy 22% more than workers who always work in an onsite office environment. Source – Owl Labs
According to an Owl Labs survey, remote workers reported having less stress, more focus, and a better work-life balance. Remote workers also worked over 40 hours a week which is 43% more than workers who have never worked remotely.
Some Quick Tips to Improve Your Well-being While Working-From-Home
Here are some tips to improve your well-being while you’re working from home –
- Drink more water and stay well-hydrated, ALWAYS!
- Try and invest in a good mHealth package to monitor your health & well-being.
- Keeping on learning them soft & hard skills to advance your personal & professional life.
- Do more towards getting better rest, relaxation, & sleep! – You’re always going to need it to do them wonders.
- Listen to more podcasts, especially discussions/interviews with insightful people like health & wellness professionals, fitness experts, mental health professionals, and more.
- Meditate and practice mindfulness and yoga as much as you can. These will help you deal with and treat issues related to anxiety & stress.
- You need to back up all your future goals by improving your overall nutrition intake. Learn more about your body so you can better understand the right mix of nutrients and vitamins you need. You may also consult a dietician or nutritionist for professional advice.
- Incorporate newer exercises into your fitness regime to juice it up.
- Please make use of all the FREE online courses and upskill yourself for career advancements.
- Spend quality time with who you’re living with and keep digitally connected (as much as you need/want to) with all other loved ones in your life. Socializing is necessary to stay in touch with what’s going in the world outside to improve your inside.
- Try cutting down on your screen time to do more productive things that will bring you more profound and long-lasting fulfilment and joy.
- The second wave of COVID-19 looks worse than the first; people need assistance and help in various forms. When you reach out and help, you will feel a lot better through safeguarding your community.
- Use natural, organic, & plant-based medicines like CBD.
- Try some natural Melatonin supplements to improve your sleep quality.
- Build that treehouse; finish that Van Gogh-esque painting; read that (unfinished) book and then read more; teach your kid how to power-swing the bat; clean your attic; redesign and reconstruct your backyard (already); cut down on them useless expenses and save more money; cook those delightful dishes you saw in the recipe book you once bought; help the ones who need it most; etc., etc.
- And finally, now is the best time to find your right balance between keeping busy and relaxing.
All things considered, remote working or work-from-home is a hot topic in most of today’s business environment.
Apart from all the benefits to the people, work-from-home also reduces the overall pressure on our environment and is now, in more ways than one, curing & healing it.
According to a PwC survey, 32% of employees said they would like to work from home permanently. If it can work for employers and employees (and the planet) in a fulfilling and still beneficial way, it is definitely here to stay, and we should look towards making the most of it.