The 2020 State of Remote Work | Buffer

Workforce Trends

Over the past decade remote working (RW) has been on the rise and, as indicated by most future of work reports, will continue to grow. RW arrangements range from fully or partially remote, working from a home office to a co-working space or other location–but put simply, describes someone who works outside of a traditional office. For workers, RW provides flexibility and enables benefits such as saving time and money on lengthy commutes, spending more time with family, etc. For an organization, it can help retain talent, drive greater productivity, gain access to broader talent. With many organizations challenged by a shortage of skills and pressures to compete, RW can be an enabler of a talent strategy. Despite the desire and the benefits, RW still has a stigma attached to it within many organizations that view these workers as less productive, engaged, and committed. Ironically this comes at a time when RW workers report being more productive and where traditional office workers report wasting up to 3 of an 8-hour workday ( With technology enabling greater collaboration, organizations need to embrace this new environment if they are to attract/retain the best talent. Attached is a report by Buffer that shows a few stats and insights on RW.

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