Remote Working: The Cool Approach For Modern Businesses

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How Remote work came to grow

With every passing day, The world is changing, and changing fast. One of the notable changes is manifested through digital evolution. 

In order to keep up with the evolution race, especially after the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, most businesses worldwide found themselves bound to apply changes to their work strategies and practices. 

Quoting the famous writer Ken Kasey, “ You’re either on the bus or off the bus.”

As a result, and in order to adapt and persevere in their industries, a large number of companies found that remote working is one of the most flexible solutions that could benefit both them and their employees, without affecting their productivity, performance, satisfaction  or many other factors that can keep a business standing.

In fact, remote work has even enhanced all of these elements. You might be asking yourself HOW. Well, stick around and enjoy our informative ride throughout this article. 

The facts and numbers behind remote work

Yes, dear reader, you wish to see facts and numbers as well. For that, our research team came prepared and gathered statistics from the best source regarding remote working and other topics related to the future of work in general: Global Workplace.

Before we dive in into factual numbers, we have to share with you this highly important piece of knowledge that we happened to find in their report: “many people and organizations are moving away from both the term telework and telecommuting in favor of remote work, work-from-home, distributed work, mobile work, smart working (UK), and work-shifting (Canada).”

Remote Working: The Cool Approach For Modern Businesses, Remote Working: The Cool Approach For Modern Businesses
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From this simple fact, any person can tell that remote working is going places, especially now that every country has a nickname for it.
So let’s have a quick glance at the growing numbers:

• 5 million employees (3.6% of the U.S. employee workforce) currently work-at-home half-time or more [Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of 2018 American Community Service (ACS) data]

• Regular work-at-home has grown 173% since 2005, 11% faster than the rest of the workforce (which grew 15%) and nearly 47x faster than the self-employed population (which grew by 4%) [Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of 2018 ACS data]

56% of employees have a job where at least some of what they do could be done remotely [Global Workplace Analytics]

• 62% of employees say they could work remotely [Citrix 2019 poll]

• 80% of employees want to work from home at least some of the time [State of Remote Work 2019, Owl Labs]

• Forty percent more U.S. employers offered flexible workplace options than did five years ago. But only 7% make it available to most or all of their employees. [Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of BLS data]

• Larger companies are most likely to offer telecommuting options to most of their employees. [Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of 2017 ACS data]

How the MENA region perceives remote working

For a more local perspective regarding remote working, Bayt.com’s recent survey will display the opinions of thousands of professionals across the MENA region regarding this subject. It is no surprise that this flexible new approach has conquered our regional scene as well. For example, one of the outcomes of this survey states that almost 90% of respondents stated that MENA companies will favour employees who are able to carry out their jobs independently and remotely. Another interesting fact is that almost three-quarters of professionals across the MENA region also happen to prefer jobs that allow them to work remotely. 

In conclusion… Or not 

Now that we’ve covered facts and statistics from all around the world, it’s safe to say that remote working is no longer experimental, but a solid and agile approach that turned out to be more effective that most of us thought.

Still hungry for more input? Well we brought dessert! Given the importance of the remote working conquering wave, we decided to cover this topic by giving you multiple perspectives, not only numbers. Make sure to check our 2 articles that cover both employers and employee’s angles towards remote working.