The modern day office looks far different from what workers several decades ago would have envisioned. They would be very surprised to discover that their own bedroom is where they can take calls and conduct meetings during a typical workday. It is no longer a necessity to have a long commute to a physical office with the help of video conferencing, emails, and other virtual technology. 40% of workers in the United States are working from home at least one day a week, and 12.7% of workers are working almost exclusively in a remote setting.
This trend was definitely exacerbated during the pandemic, when people were encouraged to work from home to reduce the spread of the virus. While the percentage of remote workers has fallen slightly since the peak of COVID-19, it will surely rise again as people begin to observe the huge benefits of working from home. These benefits include saving on gas and time by removing a long commute from their daily routine and having more time to spend with family and friends. From an employer’s perspective, there are cost benefits from the reduction in employee absenteeism rates and turnover that come with remote work environments.