Remote Work: New Norm? Recent GitLab Survey Says So

According to a new survey conducted by GitLab, one-third of office employees would choose to leave their current roles if they were not allowed to work remotely. The findings of the survey demonstrate the increasing prevalence of remote work and its popularity among employees. Moreover, the survey revealed that one in three businesses that allow telecommuting will shift to a “virtual office” policy, in which all employees work remotely. This further emphasises the fact that working from home has become the standard.

Some of the highlights of GitLab’s remote work report include:

As a result, businesses are more productive and efficient than ever

Employers enjoyed multiple benefits from remote working. A survey found that remote labour resulted in a 42% rise in productivity and a 38% increase in efficiency. Additionally, 31% of respondents reported a boost in workplace morale. Remote working also had a positive effect on office politics and bureaucracy, with improvements seen in documentation and procedures. Furthermore, remote working was seen to improve communication, reduce the carbon footprint of businesses, and promote diversity and inclusivity.

Additionally, the employees surveyed were content with the remote work arrangements their respective companies had implemented. The leadership team was commended for demonstrating an understanding of how to effectively manage a remote team and for providing the necessary tools and strategies for successful intercommunication. However, the outlook for the future of employment was seen as less than desirable. Nonetheless, 8% of those surveyed indicated that they would recommend remote employment to their acquaintances.

Talent necessitates remote employment

A recent survey has revealed that more than half of remote employees would consider leaving their current co-located company in favour of a remote position. Furthermore, the survey indicated that if they were unable to work remotely, one in every three of these employees would resign and either seek a new job or retire.

A recent survey has revealed that an overwhelming majority of employees (78%) believe that remote work gives their organisation a competitive edge in the market. This is a testament to the fact that employers have been successful in making remote work a desirable option for their teams. In addition, the survey revealed that remote employees feel well-aligned with the company’s overall objectives and that they have a clear understanding of both their individual and organisational goals. Furthermore, they feel supported by their employers in terms of responsibility, transparency, and the clear documentation of company procedures.

Despite having achieved a certain level of success, there is still potential for further development. Employees who were surveyed indicated that they felt open leadership and increased exposure within the company would help to facilitate a greater sense of connectedness. Darren Murph, who is the Head of Remote at GitLab, echoed these sentiments during his presentation at the #BuildFromAnywhere Conference, stating: “The more transparency and visibility the whole team has into each other’s work, the easier it is for individuals to feel like they are part of something bigger.

Remote employment is becoming the norm

Many companies have seen success with remote employment and are now transitioning to making working from home the norm. An estimated one-third of organisations that have enabled remote work will have a 100% remote policy, in which employees work within their own time zone. Additionally, 12% of these organisations will have a fully remote workforce, with each worker operating in a time zone specified by the employer. The remaining 42% of organisations are likely to employ a hybrid approach, and only 14% of them will permit remote work without making it the standard.

In recent times, there has been an increasing trend in the number of people working remotely. In fact, according to a survey, 45% of all respondents stated that they had less than one year of remote working experience, indicating that they began working from home due to the pandemic. During the last year, the remote worker population has seen a surge in new recruits, leading to it becoming more commonplace.

Read GitLab’s full report.

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