Survey finds remote workers value what they gain in working from home: time with family/community (37%); outdoors/health (30%); more efficient schedules (26%)
GitLab, the DevOps platform delivered as a single application and one of the world’s largest all-remote companies, released today its new report on remote work, Out of the Office: How the world adapted to working remotely in 2020. For this report, GitLab surveyed working professionals around the world over the course of three months, with a focus on those whose fields are amenable to remote work. A benchmark follow up to The Remote Work Report: The Future of Work is Remote — launched just days before the majority of the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 — this report highlights how the pandemic rapidly reshaped the remote work landscape and accelerated a growing trend of workplace flexibility.
“COVID-19 accelerated the adoption of remote work for many businesses, but trends towards connectivity and increasingly digital work enabled businesses to pivot quickly,” said Sid Sijbrandij, CEO and co-founder of GitLab. “Going forward, remote work will not be viewed as much as a perk than as a lifestyle requirement.”
“Throughout modern history, we have fit life around the rigid confines of work,” said Darren Murph, Head of Remote at GitLab. “When remote work is embraced as a competitive strategy, work complements life with greater harmony. As reflected in this report, more businesses are recognizing this reality and thinking differently about the decoupling of geography and results.”
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Remote work is now a core requirement, not a perk
Workers are starting to optimize their lives in new ways, rapidly reshaping expectations on what should be possible through all future employers. A third of respondents have repurposed their commute to invest in or live closer to family, with a fourth of the respondents noting “more time” as the benefit they’re most enjoying. A low percentage of respondents optimized their living situation to save money (12%), for better housing (9%), or to be more productive (12%), suggesting these are not serious concerns around teleworking.
Supporting remote work is a boon for retention: the data we collected shows an overwhelming link between company loyalty and support for remote work. Seventy-four percent of respondents say they are “somewhat” to “very” likely to remain with their current employer “due to support of remote work.”