It’s been a big year for flexible work. We’ve seen an increase in telecommuters and a shift in working generations. Take note of these flexible work stats!
1. Occasional telecommuting is on the rise.
With major advances in technology over the past decade, the increase of people telecommuting, at least on an occasional basis, has grown with more professionals telecommuting than ever before. Results from Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll show that the average professional will telecommute roughly two days per month. Over the past decade, there has been an increase of about 30 percent, with 9 percent of professionals occasionally telecommuting in 1995 and 37 percent doing so in 2015. According to a FlexJobs survey, of those who telecommuted in 2014, 22 percent telecommuted more this year than last year.
2. At-home employees continue to increase steadily.
Consistent with the reported rise in occasional telecommuting, numbers of at-home employees and remote workers also continues to increase. GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com analyzed work-at-home population data since 2005, and reports a 103 percent growth in telecommuting, with a 6.5 percent increase in 2014 alone.
3. Organizations aren’t monitoring their ROI when it comes to flexible work.
Although a majority (89 percent) of organizations support workplace flexibility per a FlexJobs and World at Work study, 64 percent of companies don’t have formal policies around these programs and only 3 percent of organizations measure performance, engagement, and productivity to quantify ROI.
4. Millennials are now the largest generation in the workforce.
What does this mean for flexible work? With baby boomers coming into retirement age, younger generations are starting to voice and dictate how work will be performed. In 2015, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, millennials surpassed generation X to become the largest share of a generation in the workforce.
5. People want flexibility in their work for health reasons.
Health benefits and exercise are growing in popularity as a reason for wanting flexible work. According to a FlexJobs survey, 32 percent of respondents in 2015 said that flexible work would impact their health in a positive manner compared to 29 percent in 2013.
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