Remote work isn't the future of work — it's the present.
For our 2020 study, Owl Labs partnered with Global Workplace Analytics, a globally-recognized authority and research firm focused on the Future of Work.
Our new survey data revealed what we all expected, that COVID-19 kicked off the great remote work migration and the Work From Anywhere #WFA movement is here to stay. These return to work statistics show that 23% of full-time employees would take a pay cut of over 10% in order to work from home at least some of the time and 77% agree that after COVID-19, being able to work from home would make them happier
Before we dive into the virtual work statistics, it's important to note that even the language around remote work has developed drastically over the past few years. Telecommuting has turned into virtual work, which later evolved into remote work or working from home. The ability to switch among remote options then birthed the hybrid team. Here is a refresher on the lingo for discussing flexible work options and types of workers.
In the 2020 State of Remote Work report, we surveyed 2,025 full-time workers in the United States between the ages of 21 and 65 at companies with 10 or more employees so we could learn more about who works remotely, why they work remotely, and how they have adapted to working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keep reading to learn more about the adoption of remote work across various industries and to get a look at how the nation responded to the great remote work migration brought on by COVID-19.
Here are some of the key findings about remote work, hybrid teams, and work from home practices in 2020 and 2021. If you want to learn more, check out our guide to remote work and the pros and cons of working remotely from home.