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Remote Work Stats to Know Right Now

Key Points

Get an idea of how remote work is growing, why employees are taking advantage of it, and the opportunities it can provide.


In 2020, workplaces started embracing remote work options more than ever before. Remote work, especially from coworking spaces like NuvoDesk, will become even more common in the future.

These figures will give you an idea of how the work style is growing, why employees are taking advantage of it, the opportunities it can provide management, and even a few challenges linked to it.

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Remote Workforce Size

In the U.S., 4.7 million employees (3.4% of the workforce) work from home at least half the week. (Global Workplace Analytics)

Roughly 62% of employees between 22 and 65 say they work remotely at least occasionally, (Owl Labs)

44% of employees say that part of their team is full-time remote. (Buffer)

While 30% of people report working remotely full-time, 18% work remotely one to three times per week. (Owl Labs)


Job Types of Remote Workers

18% of executives work remotely more than on-site. (Owl Labs)

35% of remote workers are individual contributors. (Owl Labs)

30% of people report working for a company that’s fully remote. (Buffer)

46% of C-suite members work remotely at least part-time. (Owl Labs)

55% of VPs work remotely at least part-time. (Owl Labs)

New employees might work remotely less often at their company. Roughly 75% more on-site workers have worked in their positions for less than a year, (Owl Labs)

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Remote Work Growth

The amount of people who work remotely at least once per week has grown by 400% since 2010. (GetApp)

42% of employees with a remote work option plan to work remotely more often in the next five years. (Owl Labs)

Between 2017 and 2018, telecommuting increased by 22% (FlexJobs)

If they could, 99% of people would choose to work remotely, at least part-time, for the rest of their careers. (Buffer)

99% of people would work remotely if given the option

More than half of full-time in-office employees want to work remotely. (Owl Labs)

95% of people would encourage their friends or family to work remotely. (Buffer)


Recruiting and Job Retention

72% of talent professionals agree that work flexibility (which includes remote work options) will be very important for the future of HR and recruiting. (LinkedIn)

83% of workers, remote or on-site, say that a remote work opportunity would make them feel happier at their job. (Owl Labs)

40% of people say that a flexible schedule would be the best perk of working remotely. (Buffer)

81% of employees say that the option to work remotely would make them more likely to recommend their company to job candidates and prospects. (Owl Labs)

74% of employees say that a remote work option would make them less likely to leave their company. (Owl Labs)


Remote Employee Productivity and Behaviors

77% of remote employees say they’re more productive when working from home. (CoSo Cloud)

76% prefer to avoid their office completely when they need to concentrate on a project. (Atlassian)

23% of remote workers say they work longer hours than they would on-site. (CoSo Cloud)

53% of remote workers say they’re less likely to take time off than they would be if they worked at their business’s location. (CoSo Cloud)

43% of remote employees take three weeks or less of paid vacation per year. (Buffer)

Those with highly complex jobs that require little interaction with stakeholders are more productive when remote than in an office. (Springer)

Email is the primary method of communication for remote workers, followed by instant messaging, and video chat. (CoSo Cloud)

Although remote work enables employees to work anywhere, 84% of remote employees prefer to work from home. (Buffer)


Earnings and Benefits for Remote Work

74% of remote employees earn less than $100,000 annually. (Owl Labs)

Despite the perk of remote work, less than 34% would take a pay cut of 5% to work remotely full-time while just 24% would take a pay cut of 10% for the same option. (Owl Labs)

69% of millennials will trade other benefits for flexible work options including remote work. (IWG)

75% of people say their companies will not compensate for the internet if they work remotely. (Buffer)

30% of remote employees say they save upwards of $5,000 annually without on-site work expenses and work travel. (CoSo Cloud)

71% of companies also do not compensate for the coworking spaces of remote employees. (Buffer)

Businesses would save an average of $11,000 annually per half-time telecommuter. (Global Workplace Analytics)

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Remote Work Challenges

More than half of remote employees say they feel disconnected from in-office employees (CoSo Cloud)

22% of remote employees report that unplugging after work is their biggest challenge. (Buffer)

19% of remote employees report loneliness as their biggest challenge. (Buffer)

Despite receiving confidential business data to their remote location regularly, less than half of remote employees say they receive proper internet security training. (GetApp)


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How to Recognize Legit Work-from-Home Offers

How to Recognize Legit Work-from-Home Offers

By Leslie Radford

Key Takeaways

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Get the Details

Do Your Research

Identifying Scams

These are crazy times we are living in, especially right now with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Many have lost their jobs and looking for work from home during the quarantine. For some, this may be the perfect opportunity to pursue that dream job and breaking away from the typical grind. While there are many legitimate work-from-home- jobs out there, how can you tell them apart from the scams? 

Today, slightly more than 50% of the global workforce spends at least half the week working remotely, according to a 2018 IWG report. Technology makes that possible. 

Here’s how you can spot the red flags:

Red Flag Warning

Online Jobs

Never take an online job if you haven’t at least interviewed by phone or video conference; and if possible, do your interviews in person. Get the names of your interviewers so you can research the people you’ll be talking with to ensure they’re real. If they only use chat, text, or email, it’s probably a scam.

Get the Details

If you’re invited to an interview via in-person or video conference, ask the right kind of questions. Get the exact details of the position and their expectations of you. How does the company make its money? If the answers don’t make sense or don’t sit well with you, think again before advancing. A tactful way to phrase the money questions might be, “What are the company’s top revenue streams?” That way, you’re getting your answer while showing interest in the company. Find out where their headquarters is located to help you research better.

Ask “What type of training will I receive?” If it prompts a discussion about you, the candidate, paying for your own training, it’s most certainly a scam. Any job requiring a fee of any kind to be hired or to purchase supplies, even to pay for a uniform upfront or a background check, is definitely a red flag. 

Legitimate work from home jobs have job descriptions that almost always include a detailed list of responsibilities and required experience to help you determine whether or not you’re qualified to apply. If the description makes it sound like getting the job will be quick and easy, it might be a scam.

Do Your Research

You’ll want to research the company before applying. You can simply check out a company’s website or social media presence, and even contact the Better Business Bureau.  Look at reviews and complaints made about the company. If they have none of these platforms, you may want to rethink your application. Be wary of only positive reviews, they could be fake.

It’s actually best to go to the actual company’s main website and look for the link to its employment or careers page. Some scams may mimic a real company (let’s say with URLs like When researching the company, you can also stick any URL or email address into Google in quotation marks and search. Articles warning against scams might pop up.

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Identifying Scams

Identifying remote work scams can be tricky, especially since they often appear alongside legitimate opportunities on popular job-search websites. 

In the last four years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 58,000 consumer complaints about bogus opportunities to work from home or launch a business. The median loss for victims is about $1,200, according to the Better Business Bureau’s BBB Scam Tracker.

As the old saying goes, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Tips for Motivating Your Remote Team

Tips for Motivating Your Remote Team

Tips for Motivating Your Remote Team

By Leslie Radford

With many teams working remotely due to the pandemic, it can be hard to keep them motivated. Here are a few tips to implement to make sure your team happily does their best work.

Create a Remote Company Culture

You can’t replace water cooler talk or hang out with your colleagues at lunch, but you can reward their success through incentives.  This in turn helps you retain top talent, boost engagement, and encourage high performance.

You can do this by:

  • Send them a handwritten thank you note or gift
  • Extending your company’s culture remotely with team-wide recognition  
  • Have positively reinforced contests amongst teammates

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Help Them Solve Time Management Problems

Not everyone is cut out for remote work. It may have been forced upon them during the pandemic. When you struggle in this area, you aren’t producing your best work, are more likely to miss deadlines, and you’re unable to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Try using these techniques:

  • Stress the importance and benefits of time management to them
  • Set goals together
  • Focus on quality, not quantity
  • Help them identify what’s causing their time management problems so that you can come up with solutions
  • Offer training on programs being used by the company 
  • Provide resources for time management tools (Focus Keeper, MyOrganizedLife, Trello, etc.)

Trust Them

Allow them the flexibility they need to work at home. Many are juggling their children who are learning from home and they’re trying their best to get it all done.

That doesn’t mean that you don’t need to clearly define responsibilities, expectations, and deadlines, as well as checking in on them, but there’s no need to micromanage them. 

Emphasize what is produced instead of focusing on when and how much.


Collaborate with Them Frequently

Working remotely can take a social and psychological toll on some. Not having that human connection can affect their work. Use technology (Like Zoom and Slack) to touch base with them often. This will allow for team interaction and make them not feel isolated and alone.

How to Tailor Your Resume for Remote Work

How to Tailor Your Resume for Remote Work

How to Tailor Your Resume for Remote Work

By Leslie Radford


Remote work is on the rise, especially these days. In 2020 (before the arrival of COVID-19) there were already 7 million people working remotely in the U.S.

Here’s what you need to design your resume for working remotely:



Emphasize Remote Work in Your Career Objective

In the section of your resume that you’d normally put your objective, highlight your accomplishments and briefly discuss why remote work helped you achieve them. If you want a remote role but don’t have that work experience, you should be explicit about your desire to work remotely. It’s important to make it clear in your application, cover letter, and resume that you’re seeking a remote opportunity.


Describe Your Home Office and Why It Works

Many employers may feel remote working has a downturn in productivity and effectiveness. To alleviate their potential concerns, it can be helpful to describe your home/remote office and explain why it boosts your productivity. Be clear about the details of how your process works.


Show It in the Skills Section

Tell your potential employer how you can communicate with your teammates while away from the office. List the tools you’ve used like Slack, Zoom, Asana, etc. If the company you’re interviewing with uses the same tools, it’ll likely put you in favor with them. Show how good you are at time management. Quantify how responsible you are and the size and scope of projects you’ve been in charge of. You’ll need to be comfortable with video conferencing, messaging, and using team and project management tools. Focus on your skills, stats, and achievements instead of duties. Ultimately your potential employer wants to see what you’re capable of and what impact you’ve had. Show these off with quantitative examples (numbers, percentages, and dollar amounts) within your work experience if you want to stand out.


Let Them Get to Know You Online

Include your social profiles (when appropriate) and personal website. Since you are not location bound, remove your address, it becomes irrelevant. If you feel the need to put something in its place, you can simply state “remote” or “location independent.” If you want to work online it’s critical that you have an online presence.


Use Relevant Keywords for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS).

A lot of remote companies will use something called an applicant tracking system. The ATS will automatically filter applications on a set of criteria before it even gets in front of a human. Use keywords in your industry to get noticed.


What Employers Want to Know

Many employers and remote employees might consider remote work a skill in itself. It takes a lot of focus, discipline, and strong communication to be an efficient and effective remote worker. Employers want to know you’re equipped to work from home.

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