100+ Benefits of Remote Work (As of February 2024)

We love remote work, but the boss doesn't get it. I collected 100+ Benefits of Remote Work to convince your boss to offer remote work. Updated February '24.
Daan van Rossum
Daan van Rossum
Founder & CEO, FlexOS
I founded FlexOS because I believe in a happier future of work. I write and host "Future Work," I'm a 2024 LinkedIn Top Voice, and was featured in the NYT, HBR, Economist, CNBC, Insider, and FastCo.
October 23, 2023
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I get it.

We all love remote work and working from home, but not everyone understands their benefits.

As recent Stanford remote research confirmed, work from home has become more than just a trend—it's a transformation.

Remote's many benefits include increased productivity and performance, improved work-life balance, money saved from commuting and office space, and an expended talent pool that boosts DEIB.

To convey this to the boss, I compiled this list of benefits.

Increased productivity

  • 35% of managers says that improved productivity is the primary benefit of hybrid and remote work (FlexOS)
  • 66% of managers saw increased productivity, and 48.5% said productivity has ‘significantly improved.’ Only 2% saw a decrease in productivity. (FlexOS)
  • Managers said their own productivity has significantly improved (38%) and not decreased (96%) (FlexOS)
  • According to the 2023 Owl Labs State of Hybrid Work Report, 79% of managers believe that working hybrid/remotely has made their team more productive.
  • A 2020 study by Stanford University found that remote workers experienced a 13% increase in performance compared to their office counterparts
  • Employees with location flexibility report 81% higher productivity scores. (Future Forum)
  • 53% of people in APAC believe hybrid work increases productivity. (The Economist)
  • 30% of respondents said that less or no time commuting enabled them to be more productive. (Gartner)
  • 97% of government employees surveyed said that work-from-home flexibility has helped them be more productive. (The Hill)
  • 98% of remote managers say they trust their teams to be productive on non-office days. Only one respondent (out of 200) said they didn't. (FlexOS)
  • Remote work benefits go way beyond the occasional pyjama day. (FlexOS, 2023)

Improved performance

  • Your top performers, or "thriving stars," perform better remotely, indicating that work models affect satisfaction, commitment, well-being, and self-reported performance. (McKinsey)
  • When companies offer remote work, employees feel more agency and autonomy, key drivers for human motivation. (Bersin)

Increased job satisfaction

  • 85% of workers said being able to work from home - at least some of the time - would make them happier. (2023 Owl Labs State of Hybrid Work Report)
  • Employees value working from home as much as an 8% pay increase. In tech and finance, employees value hybrid remote work at up to 11%. (Stanford)
  • Improved employee satisfaction and morale (60%) is reported by managers is the key benefit of remote work, alongside a reduction in commute time and stress (54%), improved work-life balance (53%), increased productivity (35%) and an expanded talent pool (30%.) (FlexOS)
Increased employee satisfaction is one of the main benefits of remote work
Increased employee satisfaction is one of the main benefits of remote work

Cost savings for companies

  • Hybrid work helps reduce real estate and operating costs by up to 50%. (Fortune)
  • Organizations can save an average of $11,000 per year for every employee who works remotely half of the time. (Global Workplace Analytics)
  • Companies in Australia can save $7,579 per employee per year on office space and lower wages by hiring remote talents in lower-cost labor markets. (B2BHQ)

Cost savings for employees

Improved well-being

  • 81% of workers said being able to work from home - at least some of the time - would lower their stress. (2023 Owl Labs State of Hybrid Work Report)
  • 82% of extroverted workers prefer a hybrid work model (Myers-Briggs)
  • 60% of employees noted improved physical well-being, with 79% exercising more, 78% feeling physically fit, and 77% feeling healthier. In terms of mental well-being, the study saw improved emotional well-being (59%), mental well-being (69%), and reduced stress levels (59%). (Cisco)
  • 93% of working professionals stated that remote work positively impacts their mental health. (FlexJobs, 2023).
  • 90% of employees say remote work has a positive impact on their physical health. (FlexJobs, 2023).
  • People rank remote work as more important in a job than having a good boss, career advancement opportunities, and even salary. (FlexJobs, 2023)

Improved relationships

  • 46% employees find it easier to build relationships with remote colleagues compared to in-office colleagues. (Owl Labs)
  • 39% of hybrid and remote employees said they feel connected to their manager, compared to 34% of office-bound workers. (Future Forum)
  • 86% of ASEAN respondents observed improvement in relationships with family and 55% for friends. (Cisco)

No dreaded commute

  • 54% of managers say the major benefit of hybrid and remote work is a reduction in commute time and stress. (FlexOS, 2023)

Boosted company culture

  • Remote and hybrid workers are 57% more likely to say their company culture has improved over the past two years. They cite flexible work policies as the #1 factor behind that improvement. (Future Forum)
  • 32% of hybrid and remote employees said they feel connected to their company values, compared to 28% of office-bound workers. (Future Forum)

Diverse talent pool

  • 30% of managers says that a diverse talent pool is the primary benefit of hybrid and remote work (FlexOS)

Improved work-life balance

  • 53% of managers say the major benefit of hybrid and remote work is improved work-life balance. (FlexOS)
  • 71% of those who work from home say it helps them balance their work and personal lives. 52% say it helps them a lot. (PEW)

Improved DEI

  • Hybrid and remote work increase diversity and inclusion in race, gender, age, politics, and religion. (Stanford / Future Forum)

More Opportunities for Women

  • Work-from-home creates more opportunities for mothers to join the workforce. For every 10% of WFH increase, 1% more mothers work. (University of Virginia, 2023)
  • A record 70.4% of women with children under 5 are now in the workforce driven by flexible working models like remote work. (Hamilton Project)
  • One in five women say flexibility has helped them stay in their job or avoid reducing their hours.
  • Women working hybrid or remotely feel less fatigued and burned out, and have more focused time to get their work done when they work remotely. (McKinsey / Lean In, 2023)
  • Women who can work from home make more money than those in traditional office-based roles.  (University of Virginia, 2023)

Better environment

  • Working from home supports the environment, as commuting is the most significant cause of greenhouse gas emissions as 90% comes from personal vehicles.(Remote)
  • Switching from working onsite to working from home can reduce up to 58% of work’s carbon footprint. (Cornell University and Microsoft)

Imcreased Employee Retention

  • Remote work reduces quit rates by 35%. (Stanford)
  • 43% of employees would consider quitting if requested to be in-office full-time. (FlexOS)
  • 43% of employees would consider quitting if requested to be in-office full-time, almost three times as much as the hybrid and remote managers we surveyed in June. 23% wouldn't be happy but still return to the office. Only 34% of respondents would be happy to return to the office. (FlexOS, 2023)
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