The way that companies look at remote work has changed and is constantly evolving. Leaders who recognize and empower remote workers start by trusting their employees to be successful. Studies have shown that remote workers cost companies less and are more productive than their in-office counterparts. A study from Stanford also showed that remote workers saw 50% less attrition and took less sick days and time off.
In 2018, 56% of global companies allowed remote work. Owl Labs’ 2018 State of Remote Work also found that employees who work remotely at least once per month were 24% more likely to feel happy and productive in their jobs than their desk-bound colleagues.
For these eight leaders, including investor Alexis Ohanian and former first lady Michelle Obama, remote work and flexible jobs are the way of the future.
Women are working more, men are understanding their value as caregivers, women are primary breadwinners — I mean, we could go on and on and on. Things are different. So we can’t keep operating like everything is the same, and that’s what many of us have done. And I think it’s up to us to change the conversation. Michelle Obama, Former First Lady
Technology now allows people to connect anytime, anywhere, to anyone in the world, from almost any device. This is dramatically changing the way people work, facilitating 24/7 collaboration with colleagues who are dispersed across time zones, countries, and continents.
Michael Dell, Dell
In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.
We like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge that they have the drive and expertise to perform excellently, whether they at their desk or in their kitchen. Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will.
It is about workplace flexibility. It’s about giving our associates the opportunity to be who they are as an individual, whether that is a community member, a spouse or parent, or anything in between. That flexibility has come to be very important for our associate base.
Amy Freshman, ADP
There’s a great opportunity to begin to explore how we create an environment that is safe for people who want to have conversations about flexibility, who want to be flexible, vs. fighting that change.
Peter Yobo, PwC
Remote work is the future of work.
The remote work community is here to help your team make the transition to remote, support hybrid teams, and help employees who need remote work resources.