Remote Work Data from Recent Gartner Search
Consider some data from recent Gartner research:
By 2030, the demand for remote work will increase by 30% due to Generation Z fully entering the workforce.
64% of today’s professionals say they could work anywhere and remote work policies are common (in place at 71% of organizations).
Remote work is already attractive to employees who need greater flexibility. It eliminates commuting time for those with family obligations; these employees are nearly twice as likely to work remotely at least sometimes as those without such responsibilities. And the workforce segment supporting aging family members continues to grow, adding to demands for flexible work arrangements.
But notably, while remote work is being increasingly demanded by employees and enabled by technology, most organisations (93%) defer to managers to decide who can and cannot work remotely. Due in part to the lack of trust, only 56% of managers actually let their employees work remotely — even when policy allows it.
The mandatory use of remote work for business continuity should signal to all organisations that it’s time to revisit their remote working policies and redesign them for wider application as business as usual.