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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.

With the move of millions of Americans abroad in 2020, the work landscape has changed dramatically. And with it the perception of remote work, as the advantages for employers and employees alike have become apparent.

The choice of work environment and location is a key factor for many job seekers today when looking for a better work-life balance and when evaluating new career opportunities.

How has remote working affected the term business as usual? Below are some interesting remote working statistics that provide an overview of the current state of affairs.

Remote work “works” for companies

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The massive transition to remote working during the pandemic was a necessity for office businesses looking to keep operations going. But the majority of businesses would like to continue some form of remote work after the pandemic.

A Gartner survey of business executives found that more than 80% plan for employees to be able to work remotely for at least part of the post-pandemic time, and 47% for employees to be able to work from home full-time. In a PwC survey of 669 CEOs, 78% agree that remote collaboration will last over the long term.

Remote work attracts and keeps talent

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In a recent FlexJobs survey, 65% of respondents said they wanted to be full-time remote workers after the pandemic, and 31% said they wanted a hybrid remote work environment – that's 96% who said they wanted some form of Want remote work.

In addition, 27% of workers said the ability to work from home is so important to them that they are willing to take a 10% to 20% wage cut for remote work. And 81% said they would be more loyal to their employer if they had flexible work options.

Remote work is good for business

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Research shows that businesses lose $ 600 billion annually to workplace distractions, and that remote workers are 35% to 40% more productive than their office counterparts.

Among the performance-based remote working statistics in 2020, 94% of employers surveyed say that business productivity has been the same (67%) or higher (27%) since employees started working from home during the pandemic.

Remote work increases job satisfaction

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Despite a tumultuous year in 2020, remote workers reported a Workforce Happiness Index of 75 out of 100, compared to 71 for in-office workers. Remote workers are more likely to report being satisfied with their work than office workers (57% versus 50%). Overall, those who work from home report more positive measurements on almost every question related to job satisfaction.

Remote workers are more productive

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According to FlexJobs' survey, 95% of respondents say their productivity was higher or equal when working from home, and 51% say they are more productive when working remotely. The main reasons for increasing productivity are:

  • Less interruptions
  • More concentrated time
  • Quieter working environment
  • More comfortable work area
  • Not be involved in office politics

Despite pandemic problems, working parents also report an increase in productivity. 49% of working mothers and 50% of working fathers say they work more productively from home.

In a study by the Boston Consulting Group, 75% of employees who work remotely say they are able to maintain or improve the productivity of their individual tasks, and 51% say the same about collaborative tasks.

Remote work leads to better mental health

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In a survey conducted by Mental Health America, FlexJobs found that respondents with flexible work options (including remote working) report better mental health. In fact, employees with no access to flexible work are almost twice as likely to have poor or very poor mental health.

Of those who have flexible work options, 48% say their work-life balance is excellent or very good, and 54% have the emotional support they need at work, compared with 36% and 45% of respondents, respectively without flexible work.

Remote workers make more money

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According to Owl Labs' State of Remote Work report, remote workers make more than $ 100,000 a year, more than twice as much as on-site workers. While 74% of remote workers make less than $ 100,000 and 26% more, 92% and 8% of on-site workers, respectively.

PayScale analyzed thousands of salaries and found that remote workers earn 8.3% more than non-remote workers with the same job and qualification, and generally 7.5% more – regardless of years of experience, job title or location.

Add to this the ability to save more money – FlexJobs estimates $ 4,000 a year – and remote workers are ahead.

Remote work is environmentally friendly

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One silver lining of the pandemic is that it required behavioral changes in humans that have led to slowing rates of deforestation, reducing air pollution and improving water quality around the world.

These positive environmental impacts are partly due to the millions of people who have moved to work from home, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution from commuting.

When 3.9 million employees work at least halfway from home, they reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of more than 600,000 cars taken off the road for a full year. When you consider that one in four Americans is projected to work remotely by 2021 (roughly 39 million) that number jumps to 6 million cars. With an estimated 13 to 27 million people working from home in the years to come, remote working could cut commute miles by 70 to 140 billion each year!

By making green choices – like using less paper and monitoring air conditioning, heating, and lighting – remote workers have the same potential air quality impact as planting an entire forest of 91 million trees.

Remote work is cheaper in certain areas

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According to research by WalletHub, not all states are considered the same when it comes to working from home. Some have more favorable conditions for remote work than others.

Delaware, Washington, and New Hampshire come out on top based on 12 metrics. Some of the data points that have been used to determine which states are best suited for remote work are:

  • Number of people working from home
  • Internet access and costs
  • Electricity price
  • Medium and average living space

Remote working affects real estate

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Remote work gives people more options for where they live and reduces the need to live near large metropolitan areas in order to maximize career potential. And with companies enabling employees to work from home permanently, remote workers are taking advantage of their new location independence, including the 27% of respondents who are considering moving from our FlexJobs survey.

Whether it's escaping high cost of living cities or finding more space to spread out, remote workers are realizing they have more properties to choose from than ever before. Zillow says 4.5% of tenants in the US (nearly 2 million rental households) who would otherwise be priced out of their current market can buy a starter home elsewhere in the US thanks to remote working.

San Francisco, one of the most expensive cities in the United States, is feeling the fire as distant employees search for cheaper dig sites. In fact, the housing stock there has increased by 96% compared to the previous year, while list prices have decreased by 5%. Manhattan has also seen home values ​​decline 4.2% as residents head for suburban markets.

Remote work is here to stay

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Upwork says 41.8% of the American workforce continues to work remotely. Although an estimated 26.7% will still work from home by 2021, 36.2 million Americans (22% of the workforce) will work remotely by 2025. This is a staggering 87% increase over the number of remote workers before the pandemic!

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