Posted in Talent Acquisition

Working from home became much more common at the start of the pandemic. Many companies and employees adjusted quickly to working from home, and even as things start to go back to the way they were before the pandemic, many companies are opting to keep remote work as part of their normal operations.

If you are hiring for a new position, it may be worth it to consider the benefits of making the position at least partially remote. Below we will discuss some of the common WFH statistics and what they could mean for your company.

Over 15% of companies are completely remote.

These companies have no office, instead often using an online work platform. This number is expected to grow as more and more companies recognize the benefits of remote work since the start of the pandemic. This trend is already noticeable – the number of people working from home has increased by 159% since 2009.

The industries with the most remote workers are healthcaretechnology, and finance.

Over half of employees between the ages of 22 and 65 report working remotely at least partially. 
Even as people return to the office and there are more opportunities for working in person again, many companies have chosen to make working remotely a few times a week an option for their employees. This allows companies to provide the best parts of both WFH and working in the office to employees.

Most people report preferring working remotely.
WFH allows for more flexibility. It can be especially helpful for parents or for those who simply want to save time by cutting out a daily commute.

Working from home can boost productivity and promote a better work/life balance.
You might assume that working remotely would decrease productivity since it usually means a boss or supervisor isn’t there to consistently check in on employees’ progress. However, the flexibility and convenience that comes with WFH have actually been shown to promote productivity. This could also be because there are fewer distractions when working remotely as opposed to working in the office.

Remote work has financial benefits for both employees and companies.

Remote workers can save thousands of dollars per year by diminishing the costs associated with transportation, eating out, and childcare which is much more common for someone who has to work from an office each day.

On the other hand, companies also benefit from allowing their employees to work from home. Having remote employees diminishes several costs for companies, including rent for an office, office supplies, and travel reimbursements.

Making a position remote can result in a faster and easier hiring process.

These days many folks are looking specifically for jobs that have a remote aspect to them. This means that listing a job as either fully or partially remote will attract more people to apply for the position, making it easier for you to fill the role with the ideal candidate.

As WFH jobs become more common and popular, it’s important to be up to date on their benefits so that you can make an informed decision when it comes to hiring remote workers for your company.