We’ve all seen the clickbait scam ads about barely working from home and earning more in a week than most people earn in a month. These too-good-to-be-true tricks may have made you wary about the idea of telecommuting; however, the reality is that remote work is a legitimate and rapidly growing phenomenon.
Don’t get left behind, all alone in an empty office. Check out these statistics about telecommuting that prove you should at least consider adding distance working to your business model.
Stat One: 159%
According to Brie Weiler Reynolds at FlexJobs, “Since 2005 remote work has grown 159%.” She also clarified that number “doesn’t include anyone who works remotely as a freelancer, business owner, or entrepreneur.”
Remote working is extremely appealing to many businesses. Allowing employees to work from home significantly lowers operating costs by reducing necessary office space and supplies. Companies can take the savings and hire more expensive workers who can produce higher-quality results, and everybody is a winner.
Stat Two: 28%
The trend of companies capitalizing on the flexibility that telecommuting provides is unlikely to end anytime soon. Per Upwork research, “Younger gen managers are 28% more likely to utilize remote workers than Baby Boomers, and believe that two out of five full-time employees will work remotely within the next three years.”
Whatever qualms the old guard has regarding hiring workers who aren’t physically present should quickly dissipate as people who grew up with technology take over. The younger generation is accustomed to making connections remotely from childhood on, and they’ll carry that experience with them into the workforce.
Stat Three: $50
The benefits telecommuting creates for employees also indicate that the popularity of remote working will continue increasing. Michael Guta at Small Business Trends quotes Upwork Chief Economist Adam Ozimek as saying, “One-third of U.S. freelancers on Upwork earn at least $50/hour, which would put them in the top 10% of U.S. wage earners overall.”
Workers will go where the money is. And when fiscal gain is accompanied by ultimate flexibility, expect a mass exodus in that direction. Whether you are forced to allow remote working to keep your best employees from turning to the freedom of freelancing, or you adjust your SOPs to rely more on remote contract workers, your company should be ready to embrace the work-at-home trend.
AVer Solutions for Telecommuting
The numbers don’t lie—even if telecommuting has not yet played a role in the way your company does work, it likely will soon. That means you’ll need a reliable way to create meaningful and productive connections with employees scattered around the world. Video conferencing is the answer, and AVer has all the high-quality solutions you need.
AVer conferencing cameras are designed for every type of meeting room and situation. Options like the CAM340+ and the VB342+ Video Soundbar for huddle rooms deliver diverse interoperability with most cloud-based video conferencing systems so you can connect with your team members wherever they are and however they communicate.
For example, you can talk with your US remote workers using Zoom, and then instantly switch over to TrueConf to connect with an employee in Russia. The CAM340+ is also perfect for freelancers or small teams, thanks to its compact design, and the VB342+ features smart functions for automatic FOV framing and voice tracking. The EP65 all-in-one touchscreen is also ideal for remote brainstorming, with a shared digital whiteboard, 4K imaging, and professional-grade audio quality to bring you face-to-face with the future of working.
Stay tuned for three more stats you need to know about telecommuting. In the meantime, click below to find the solution that works best for you.