Although catapulted to new heights by COVID-19, remote work was on the rise even before the pandemic. In 2019, a Zapier report revealed that 95% of U.S. workers desired to work remotely and that 74% were even willing to quit their job in order to do so. At the time, reduced commuting costs, flexible locations, and more time with family were enticing to workers. Now, many of these reasons still hold true today—just with health and safety precautions taking priority.
While a portion of leading employers did embrace the concept before the pandemic, the majority did not. It wasn’t until COVID-19 forced nearly the entirety of U.S. office workers––95% to be exact, according to Global Workplace Analytics––to become regular telecommuters practically overnight.