During the COVID-19 pandemic, remote work experienced unprecedented highs both in the United States and across the world. Though many companies adopted remote work as a necessity, many have warmed to the idea of working from home, formulating plans to continue implementing remote work even after the pandemic’s end. According to one survey by Upwork, 61.9% of companies are planning to continue remote work practices after the pandemic.
Lucy Lyle, entrepreneur and founder of Perch, commented, “Now that companies have explored the possibility of remote work, many of them are learning how productive it can be. There’s usually some second thoughts about allowing employees to work unsupervised, but a lot of employees are self-motivated enough to handle it.” Lucy Lyle continued, “As long as you establish a good routine, keep your workplace organized, and take care of yourself, remote work can even supercharge your productivity.”
Furthermore, many employees who have had a chance to try remote work have enjoyed the experience so much that they would rather not return to the office. In another survey by Owl Labs, 57% of respondent employees that resumed work at an office after a period of remote work indicated that they preferred remote work. Many respondents also said they would be willing to take a pay cut to continue remote work. As companies navigate the pros and cons of remote work, we’ll continue to see work trends change and evolve.
Lucy Lyle observed, “The changing attitudes about remote work are becoming so prominent that they demand a response from the business community. Businesses need to figure out how to integrate remote work into employees’ schedules, whether in a hybrid setting or by hiring more employees working from home.”