Nowadays, to work remotely all you need is a computer and an internet connection. According to a new study, employees who can work from anywhere are generally happier than those who work onsite in an office.
Video conferencing company Owl Labs surveyed 1202 full-time US workers from the ages of 22 to 65, and discovered that 62 percent of respondents worked remotely at least some of the time and 38 percent worked onsite. Of the remote workers, 49 percent worked remotely full-time.
As it turns out, working remotely—or the idea of it—makes people happy. Eighty-three percent of survey respondents “agree that the ability to work remotely would make them happier,” and 71 percent of workers who do get to work remotely said their job makes them happy, compared with 55 percent of office-only workers.
In the study, full-time remote workers said they're happy in their job 22 percent more than people who never work remotely. The reasons respondents said they decided to work remotely were better work-life balance (91 percent), increased productivity/better focus (79 percent), less stress (78 percent), and to avoid a commute (78 percent).
One reason remote workers might be happier is that they were more than twice as likely to earn more than $100,000 per year. And the higher they were on the corporate ladder, the more likely survey respondents were to have the privilege of working remotely: The job levels with the greatest percentages of remote workers were founder/C-level (55 percent) and vice president (46 percent).
Loyalty is another factor: Remote workers are 13 percent more likely than non-remote workers to stay with their current gig for the next five years—making remote work a win-win for employees and employers alike.
Not only are remote employees happier, but they are prepared to work longer hours, according to the report. Remote workers said they work over 40 hours per week, 43 percent more than on-site workers do.