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Research shows that while remote work opportunities are still highly desired, 44 percent of companies worldwide don’t allow remote work. The pandemic proved that many organizations could make a swift transition to remote work with little investment in new resources. This is especially true in “desk job” industries such as technology, financial services or professional services. But companies that make the shift must undergo larger conversion processes or may consistently require in-person interaction between individuals or large equipment.

Considering 90% of senior executives now expect to work from home, one can’t blame lower-level employees for feeling the same way and wishing to stay put. Remote work isn’t a new concept, but the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated our adoption of remote business options. This made the reality of working remotely a viable choice for organizations and employees alike.

Employees See Many Advantages to Remote Work

However, despite its great advantages and opportunities, remote work has also had a significant impact on remote workers. By now, most of us have experienced all the benefits and great things that come with remote work. According to the Quantum Workplace report published in August 2021, in the past 18 months,  hybrid workers have had the highest employee engagement rate (81%). Fully remote workers, on the other remote work statistics hand, have a 78% engagement rate while on-site employees have the least high engagement levels with 72%. However, it should be noted that 53% of remote employees reported that they were working more hours than when they were in the office. We’ve compiled a list of remote and hybrid work statistics in 2021 that we’ve returned to repeatedly, so we have decided to keep it relevant by adding fresh data from 2022.

Despite this change, many industries still struggle to find the right balance between employee priorities, business goals and technological capabilities. These seven statistics show us the state of remote work for 2022 and beyond. On the whole, remote workers are less stressed (57%), have improved morale (54%), take fewer sick days (50%), and most importantly, report having a better work-life balance (75%).

Remote work statistics pre & mid COVID-19 (2019 &

Hybrid work allows employees to collaborate meaningfully in-person when necessary while maintaining remote flexibility for the bulk of their schedule. Fully remote information technology (IT) jobs were four times as prevalent as fully remote jobs in any other industry. Careers in IT (15%), healthcare (13%), marketing (10%), and management (8%) are among the fastest growing occupations, according to job outlooks from the U.S.

Beyond the more obvious benefits such as cost reduction, remote work has also been proven to improve employee retention and performance. 40% of the time saved was redirected to primary and secondary jobs, 34% to leisure, and 11% to caregiving activities. Send questions about Virtual Vocations’ “2022 Year-End Report and Remote Jobs Statistics” report to Kimberly Back. Kim is the Senior Job Data Content Producer and can be emailed at kim (at) virtualvocations (dot) com. Visit Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest for more remote work content and conversations.