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Independent Women’s Forum: Takeaways: Remote Work

Remote Work Has Greatly Increased in Recent Years

  • In response to the COVID-19 lockdowns, remote work increased drastically. In 2019, remote workers comprised about 5.7% of workers in the United States. In 2023, “12.7% of full-time employees work from home, while 28.2% work a hybrid model.”

  • Although not everyone can benefit from remote work, this ought not to deter businesses and governments from creating policies that allow for remote work.

Remote Work is Here to Stay

  • The vast majority of workers (98%) want to work remotely “at least some of the time.”

  • Studies show that remote work helps parents accommodate school and daycare closures as well as be more involved with daily tasks for children and the household.

  • Remote work also offers flexibility to religious groups whose traditions and observances require special preparation and practices.

  • Remote work allows people with chronic illness or a disability to be home and have medical treatment, medications, a calm work environment, reduced germ exposure, and more.

Remote Work Benefits Businesses As Well

  • The obvious benefit for businesses is lower overhead. Start-ups, for example, can save as much as $10,600 per employee annually with remote work by having fewer or no offices, and therefore desks, utilities, and snacks.

  • Flexible remote work can also boost productivity and widen the talent pool for businesses to choose from.

Click HERE to read the policy focus and learn more about the benefits of remote work.

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