Remote work research and statistics

We’ve built our galaxies with one thing in mind – real connection between human beings! Below is almost 40 statistics about the science behind what we do.

Updated for 2021

Benefits of remote work

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40% of people feel the greatest benefit of remote work is the flexible schedule.

Buffer (2019)

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Companies allowing remote work have 25% lower employee turnover those that don’t.

Owl Labs (2019)

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People who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more likely to be happy and productive.

Owl Labs (2019)

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86% of people feel that working remotely reduces stress.

Flex Jobs (2018)

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75% of people who work remotely do so because there are fewer restrictions.

Flex Jobs (2018)

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People who work remote 60-80% of the time have the highest work engagement: 41%.

Gallup (2016)

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Data from 2018 shows that 65% of people think they work best from home.

FlexJobs (2018)

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91% of remote workers said working remotely is a good fit for them.

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54% of employees who are allowed to work remotely say that it improves morale.

Challenges to remote workers

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21% of employees working from home have feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Gallup (2019)

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26% of professionals believe that the practicality and novelty of videoconferencing wore off during the pandemic

Robert Half (2020)

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24% of professionals find video meetings inefficient, and prefer to communicate via other channels, like email or phone.

Robert Half (2020)

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The biggest problem for 22% of remote workers is unplugging after work.

Buffer (2019)

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Social time turns out to be deeply critical to team performance, often accounting for more than 50% of positive changes in communication patterns.

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 17% of remote works believe that this type of work does not allow normal communication and collaboration with coworkers.

Buffer (2019)

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Employees spend an average of 47 minutes getting physically and mentally prepared before using tools like Zoom, Skype, and Microsoft.

HR News (2020)

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After a meeting, people take an average of 18 minutes to get their head back into work-mode, with one in ten people taking at least 30 minutes before feeling productive again.

HR News (2020)

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40% people surveyed spending between 25 and 50% of the time staring at themselves, with a further 8% spending nearly the entire call doing so.

Wales Online (2020)

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44% of people struggle to keep up with the conversation on a video call if there are too many people taking part. 

HR News (2020)

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88% of people have worryied about how others may be judging their appearance when on video calls.

Wales Online (2020)

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It takes people an average of 37 minutes to switch off when working at home, and for more than one in ten people (12 per cent) it takes at least an hour to disconnect.

HR News (2020)

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55% said it would help if their employer kept communication and work expectations within working hours.

Wildgoose (2021)

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1 in 4 working parents (25%) reported spending more than half of their on-the-job hours in virtual meetings.

Robert Half (2020)

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More than one-quarter (27%) reported that they are “trying to pay attention, but often zoning out” during video calls.

Blind (2021)

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UK workers lost about 862 million hours of productivity to “video call fatigue” in the first 6 months of pandemic lockdown.

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Delays as short as 1.2 seconds made people see the responder as less friendly or focused.

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1 in 3 people suffer a lack of focus in video meetings.

Tech Republic (2020)

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Video conferencing is so “excessive,” that those meetings cost more than $1,250 per employee, per month in wasted time. 

Tech Republic (2020)

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People reported feeling more frustrated during video chats when there was just a one-second delay.

Other Studies

Nonverbal overload: A theoretical argument for the causes of Zoom fatigueJeremy Bailenson

Zoom Exhaustion & Fatigue ScaleFauville, Luo, Muller Queiroz, Bailenson, Hancock

The effects of Covid-19

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51% of working adults reported that the coronavirus pandemic affected their work.

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38% of professionals experienced video call fatigue during the pandemic

Robert Half (2020)

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20% of employees felt collaborating and communication has been the biggest struggle during the pandemic.

Buffer (2021)

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People spent an average of three hours and 12 minutes each week on video calls – an increase of 120% compared to before lockdown.

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25% The proportion by which British workers have increased their working week during the pandemic.

NordVPN Teams (2021)

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54% of Brits have experienced symptoms such as insomnia, headaches, eye strain, anxiety or low moods because of using technology like video calls more during lockdown.

The Future of Work

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90% of remote workers intend to work remotely for the rest of their lives

Gallup (2019)

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94% of remote workers recommend off-site careers

Gallup (2019)

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By 2028, 73% of all departments will have remote workers.

Upwork (2021)

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The number of people who work from home has increased by 140% since 2005.

Owl Labs (2021)

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1,900 remote workers around the world found that 90% intend to work remotely for the rest of their lives and 94% recommend off-site careers.

Buffer (2021)

Orbital Impact Assessment

Orbital is a research-based online tool which prevents communication breakdowns and burnout before they occur.

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Orbital users score 17% higher on psychological safety factors than non-users.

One of the most consistent predictors of team performance across studies has been psychological safety.  During a between-subjects study comparing the psychological safety of teams using a matched sample showed there is a significant main effect of psychological safety (p = .008), such that teams using Orbital report higher psychological safety (4.66) than control teams (3.98).

As part of this assessment, the behaviours of 117 Orbital users were examined. 44% of these study subjects went on to use Orbital in their daily work.

There is a significant correlation (R=0.31) between number of days of usage and usage per day, suggesting that as people get into the habit of using Orbital, they shift more of their interactions from scheduled to serendipitous.

This is going to change everything.

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