By Jackson Dodd
Working remotely used to be a rare thing saved for high ranking executives who were to required to be out of the office for meetings and travel. However a recent Gallup poll indicates that seems to be rapidly changing. Advances in computer technology, smart phones, and the internet have made it rather easy for employees to work remotely in many industries where working outside of the office simply wasn’t possible.
According to Gallup, the attraction of working remotely is in employees being able to work when they want and need to (versus a structured 8-5 schedule), and the ability to stay at home to get work done.
According to a recent New York Times article, “43% of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely…” Industries such as Transportation, Information systems, and Media (transportation coming in the highest with 55%) had the highest percentages of employees who spend time working remotely. In addition, according to Gallup, those employees who work remotely are doing it if longer periods of time, with the percentage increasing seven percent from 2012 to 2016.
Why the paradigm shift? It appears that workers are actually reported to be more productive and more content with their employers when they are allowed to work from remote locations.
Employees who work anywhere from eighty to one hundred percent remotely, reported to feel just as connected, and in some case more so, to their place of business without actually being in a brick and mortar building.
It seems that more companies and industries are finding benefit for themselves as well as their employees to allow remote workers.
As employees who work remotely continue to increase their productivity, it will be interesting to watch not only how these numbers continue to grow, but how many more industries will allow, and perhaps even encourage, their employees to work remotely.