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 leaders, including investor Alexis Ohanian and former first lady Michelle Obama, remote work and flexible jobs are the way of the future.
1. "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
2. "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
3. "In teamwork, silence isn't golden, it's deadly." — Mark Sanborn, Author
4. "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." — Sir Richard Branson, Virgin America
5. "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
6. "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
8. "Remote work is the future of work." — Alexis Ohanian, Reddit
9. "The whole conversation is about how remote work is different, instead of being about the amazing tools we have at our disposal that remote teams and non-remote teams are able to use at any time. We have this opportunity to have a lot more freedom in our environment compared to when we had to be in an office, or even in school, 40 hours per week." — Hiten Shah, FYI
10. "Do you want to access talent everywhere, or just in specific markets? If the answer is everywhere, you need to be at least open to the possibility of remote work — it opens doors to attracting and retaining talent around the world, literally and figuratively." — Katie Burke, HubSpot
11. "Remote work is this incredible invitation to really get good at building inclusive cultures where there's a wide variety of types of people, and to build a culture where everyone feels included and everyone is experiencing ongoing growth and development on a regular basis. That's the challenge, and it's not an easy one. But the business isn't easy." — Shane Metcalf, 15Five
12. "You can never over-communicate enough as a leader at a company, but at a remote company, nothing could be truer. Because you don't physically see people in-person, information doesn't spread in the same way, so leaders need to do the heavy lifting for evangelizing the message." — Claire Lew, Know Your Team
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. To learn more, read about how to achieve work-life balance working remotely next.