We all know that remote work is likely to stay for the long haul. Employees have gotten used to flexibility, improved work-life balance, and a chance to wear sweatshirts (with the letters peeling off) during online meetings, even if they sometimes miss the free office cappuccino or friendly chats with peers in the corridor.
So, a data science team at LiveCareer decided to expand on this knowledge and put the professional and personal benefits of remote work under the microscope. They polled over 1,000 US workers and stumbled upon a few golden nuggets.
Below is a rundown of some of the study’s key findings:
- Most employees (66%) save between 30 minutes and 2 hours each day by not commuting to the office. That’s 7.6 to 30 days a year!
- The time we don’t waste on pesky commutes goes to hanging out with our families and friends (84%), getting more sleep (78%), or undertaking more recreational activities (77%).
- The average employee saves around $4,000 yearly by working from home.
- 74% of remote workers started a side hustle with the time they have saved.
- Another 49% of Americans have traveled to a different city or country to earn a living in a remote capacity in the last year.
- 52% of employees have grown more passionate about their jobs thanks to telecommuting.