Remote work is becoming increasingly mainstream. Whether you're remote all the time, have flexible in-office policies, or collaborate with teammates who work remotely, chances are high that this trend affects you.
We set out to find out just how frequent remote work is, who's engaged in it, and how people feel about it.
We wanted to know:
...and here’s what we learned about remote work trends in 2017*:
Suffice it to say, we can expect the remote work trend to be around for awhile. Getting the same or better results no matter where you're working, plus the added benefit of job flexibility and balance, certainly makes remote work attractive for the workers themselves. Add in the amount of tools available to help teams accomplish their goals while saving money on travel costs, and that benefits organizations at large.
It's no longer just designers and developers working remotely, either; we're seeing an increase in remote work across management, operations, customer experience, and more. Hopefully there will be some solutions that emerge to help these diverse remote workers feel more social and like their effective communication won't suffer.
Bitten by the remote work bug? We've got a few things to help you get started. We ran a train-the-trainer master class on facilitating remote workshops, plus recently hosted a few webinars on running remote design sprints. If you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, you can check out our results from last year, and see how they compare.