Understanding Remote Workers: How Happy are They with Work?

This is a guest post by John Larase, an online marketer at Time Doctor – a time and productivity monitoring software.

Remote working is growing at such a huge rate year after year.

More and more people are doing remote work especially that today’s workplace is now a global one. That means companies and teams now stretch across geographical boundaries.

Thanks to technology it is easier to collaborate with anyone from anywhere than ever before. This setup has made remote work more like a norm.

However, even with its rapid rise we can’t help but ask, “Are remote workers really happier than those who are working in the office?”

To answer this question we looked at the research done by TINYPulse where they surveyed 509 U.S. employees who work remotely all the time. They gathered insightful data on the remote wokers’ experience in their workplace and compared those with responses from over 200,000 employees across all other work arrangements.

Here are some interesting results. Understanding these facts will give us an idea on what factors affect the happiness of remote workers.

Why do employees work remotely?

Remote workers clearly enjoy the freedom of choosing when or where to work.

In fact, 91% assert that they get more work done outside of the office.

The highest earning employees are not the happiest.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, those who were earning $75,000 to 99,999 rated 8.36 and were the happiest. The happiness meter gradually declines as the salary goes higher after that.

Managers should stop over communicating.

A lot of managers want to monitor their employees every single time. According to the research, this actually affects the happiness of employees.

Most of them (34%) would only prefer being in contact with their supervisor just once per week.

To see more of the results, check out the remote workers infographic we created out of the research below.

remote workers are happy - infographic - letsreachsuccess.com

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