Many people work remotely all over the world. This sometimes means working as an employee for a company but from home rather than in the office, but it can also mean working in a self-employed capacity from overseas.
But who are these remote workers? Are they men, women, young, old? A new survey from an American company has attempted to shed some light on the matter.
Many people wrongly assume that most remote workers, or teleworkers, are stay-at-home mums. However, while it’s true that remote working is a very flexible way to work, which can be especially useful for mums with young children, the majority of remote workers are not mums.
In fact, the survey by the Flex+Strategy Group found that of all the people working remotely, over three quarters (71 percent) are men.
The survey also found that all age groups were represented when it came to remote workers, and that no particular age group dominates.
Growing Number of Remote Workers
It also looked at the proportion of people who work remotely. Out of all the people it asked, 31 percent of respondents said that they mainly work remotely.
This figure may be surprising to some people who might have assumed that remote working is still something that is only popular with a small minority. The truth is that remote working is growing in popularity all the time due to advances in technology and changing work habits.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the next survey to come out shows an even greater proportion of remote workers. Perhaps one day it will be considered the norm.
More Training Needed
Cali Williams Yost, the founder of the Flex+Strategy consultancy, commented on the findings, saying that many employers still see remote working as simply a perk for employees. However, she said that this is the wrong way to look at it, and that many companies could benefits from training their managers and remote workers
There is a need training in areas such as collaboration when people are working in different places, but many remote workers do not receive training in this skill. People also need training in the use of technology to communicate.
Training is also needed for managers, who need to be able to deal with employees who are not in the office. Being unable to see employees in the office at all times means a different set of skills is needed, such as how best to assign work and provide feedback.
Could You Work Remotely?
Whether you are male or female, whether you are self-employed or in a full-time job, you may find that you are able to work remotely and enjoy all of the benefits it brings. As this recent survey has shown, remote workers come from a variety of backgrounds. Sometimes you may need to get access to the right level of training, but if you want to go remote, now is a great time to do so.