Owl Labs Published State of Remote Work 2021: Here Are the Key Findings

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Owl Labs released its 5th annual report on remote work, ‘’State of Remote Work 2021’’., which analyzes how employees feel about hybrid and remote work.  The report focuses on exploring how employee expectations have shifted, and overall how employers are readjusting to employees’ demand for remote work. 

2020 was the year where most companies transformed the way they worked. However, 2021 was the year where the ‘’world stayed remote.’’ Many questions such as how have employees’ behaviors have evolved since the pandemic? Or, how are employers adjusting to new expectations? were explored throughout the report.

State of Remote Work 2021: Key Findings

As most companies had already shifted to remote work because of 2020 and the pandemic, this year employees’ expectations permanently shifted. Most of them didn’t want to return to the office but wanted a more flexible lifestyle. 

Here are some of the main findings:

  • 90% of employees say they were equally or more productive working remotely than compared to the office.
  • When it comes to employee expectations, of those who have returned to the office 78% say they feel more included when at the office, and 57% prefer working full-time from home.
  • 1 in 3 employees would quit their job if they would not have the possibility of working remotely after the pandemic. 
  • 38% said that their employer has upgraded their video technology
  • 42% of employees say they feel stress about uncertainty around their employees in-office requirements. 
  • For a majority (86%) of employees the biggest benefit of working remotely is to support and be more present with their family.

Read the full report here


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