Remote work sparks job appreciation for 3 in 4 employees, study finds

Remote work has delivered a boost to employees' feelings of appreciation and contentment in their careers, according to a Velocity Global study.

For its study, Velocity Global surveyed 2,000 Americans who worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Six survey insights:

  1. Seventy-three percent of employees surveyed said remote work ignited a newfound appreciation for their current job and company.

  2. Seven in 10 employees said it's easier to request time off work from their employer since working remotely. Sixty-seven percent of employees said they feel more confident asking for flexible working hours or mental health support since working from home.

  3. Seventy percent of employees said they feel more confident at work now that they are doing it remotely. Fifty-three percent of remote employees said being able to send an email or instant message instead of talking is the top contributing factor to feeling more confident, while 45 percent osaid being able to complete tasks without feeling watched tops the list.

  4. Remote workers appreciate that they are saving time by not having to commute. The average employee saved 252 hours of commuting in the past two years, and 80 percent of employees said this allows them to accomplish more during the day.

  5. Employees working remotely have upped their standards in the workplace as well, the study said. Respondents said they are less likely to stick with a toxic work environment (55 percent), work where burnout culture flourishes (47 percent), be complacent with a low salary (46 percent) or work in a place with a lack of growth opportunities (42 percent).

  6. Sixty-five percent of employees said they feel fulfilled in their career for the first time in their lives.

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