A new survey of thousands of workers across the world is the latest proof the future is flexible. Not only is location variety accessible at a majority of companies worldwide, but employees with access to location variety report being happier and more productive at work.
The research comes from Owl Labs' Global State of Remote Work report, for which the company polled 3,028 employees—representing a wide range of industries and seniority levels—from 23 countries across six continents. (The authors joke they'll try to get data from Antarctica for next year's report.)
According to Owl Labs' research, 56 percent of companies worldwide allow remote work, including a whopping 85 percent of U.S. companies. Additionally, 52 percent of employees worldwide work remotely at least once a week, with 21 percent working remotely more than one day a week.
The survey also showed increased productivity and better focus are the top reasons workers choose to work remotely, echoing the results of Werk's own research. And in perhaps the most persuasive statistic, the study also showed that workers who work remotely at least once a month are 24 percent more likely to feel happy and productive in their roles than those who don't or can't.
The news isn't all good, however. Men worldwide are 8 percent more likely than women to work remotely, suggesting women don't have as much access to location variety, even though women often need flexibility more than their male counterparts.
"At Owl Labs, we believe that employees should have the ability to work from anywhere with the right technology and support," the company concludes. "Remote work provides opportunities in regions where certain roles and industries may not otherwise be available." We couldn’t agree more.