Remote work stabilizes at higher rate than before the pandemic


It looks like the remote workday is here to stay.

According to a Gallup poll, the average U.S. worker currently spends 3.8 days per month working from home. This is down from 5.8 during 2020 but higher than the 2.4 average from 2019. 

Remote work was on the increase even before the pandemic and about half of U.S. workers now say they have telecommuted at some time for work, a percentage that has been stable over the past three years. 

The results from Gallup’s annual Work and Education poll show that in 1995 only 9% reported having worked remotely, but by 2006 it had jumped to 32%

Another change in work habits from prior to the pandemic is a greater share now work  remotely during normal business hours rather than outside of them. 

The poll also shows that 55% of U.S. adults believe remote workers are “just as productive” as those who work in an office, while 18% believe they are more productive and 25% say they are less so. The latter percentage has been rising steadily since 2015. Read the full study.