Less Than Half of Employees Say Their Company Provides Remote Work Options

How common are remote work arrangements? In a new survey from global staffing firm Robert Half, less than half of professionals (47%) said their company provides the option to work off-site.

Of those, 70% take advantage of the perk and work from home; an additional 6% do their job from another location, such as a café or shared office space.

For the remaining 24%, not having the right technology (39%) and being less productive due to distractions (38%) are the main deterrents to working outside the office.

Companies today are taking steps to support staff who want more flexibility.

In a separate Robert Half survey of senior managers, more than half of respondents (56%) said their organization has expanded remote work opportunities for employees in the past three years.

Additional findings:

  • Among the 28 U.S. cities in the survey, San Diego, Austin and Chicago have the most companies that provide remote arrangements.
  • Employees in Chicago, Phoenix and San Diego are most likely to work from home when given the opportunity.
  • More men (77%) than women (64%) work from home. About three-quarters of working parents (74%) take advantage of this perk versus 64% of those without children.
  • Atlanta, San Diego and Minneapolis have the most senior managers who said they’ve increased remote work opportunities for employees in the past three years.

For more tips on offering remote work arrangements, visit roberthalf.com/blog.

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