Global Employer Insight Survey: Pandemic Reshapes Work
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Global employers reported fewer employees telecommuting before COVID-19 (32%) compared to currently 51%. We found this trend toward higher levels of telecommuters in 2022 versus prior to the pandemic in many regions.
APAC, EMEA and LATAM regions all reflect the trend toward higher levels of telecommuting. In APAC 54% versus 31%, EMEA, 52% versus 31%, and LATAM 44% versus 35%.
In 2022, the majority of global employers (60%) reported that they have both in-person and remote work location policies in place. Only 24% of employers have a mandatory in-person policy and 12% leave it up to employees to decide where they work. As few as 2% of employers have an all-remote policy and another 2% reported being undecided about their policy.
Many companies have introduced hybrid work policies allowing staff to continue telecommuting part-time. With fewer employees working onsite, over half of employers have closed one or more office locations. Financial pressure created by COVID-19 may also be a contributing factor.
Almost 60% more employees are working remotely today than before the pandemic began.
In 2022, 3 in 5 companies reported that they have closed physical office locations. This includes 10% reporting they closed all physical office locations and 48% closing some. Just 41% of employers report closing no office locations, with the remaining one percent reporting they never had physical office locations.
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