The Impact of WFH
In recent decades, the typical workday has experienced a lot of significant changes, especially in the United States. In the recent past, workers had to spend a lot of time on their long commutes to get from their offices. With the introduction of work-from-home (WFH) options due to the ability to work remotely, work-life balance has changed significantly. Workers are loving the reduction in commute times (60% of respondents), less time that they have to spend getting ready for work (38%), and having more time for their loved ones (29%). Employers are benefiting as well by having massive boosts in productivity while also having reduced costs per employee due to lower absentee rates and less turnover.
In 2023, 40% of American workers worked from home at least once a week, while 12.7% doing so exclusively. The frequency of remote work has declined since the COVID-19 pandemic peak in 2020, but it is not going away anytime soon. States differ in how many people work remotely, with California having the most remote job posts. However, in terms of adopting remote work, the United States is ahead of the global average. Around the world, only 7.5% of workers are completely remote, while 66.5% of workers are based in offices and 25% use a blended work style.