The Impact of Remote Work

Morgan O'Rourke


February 1, 2021

More than 60% of workers want their employer to let them work in a remote capacity indefinitely even after the pandemic is over, according to a survey of over 1,000 U.S. workers by online resume builder LiveCareer. Some feel this so vehemently that 29% said they would quit if their current employer did not allow them to continue working remotely. This varies by industry, however—while 35% of IT workers said they would leave, only 7% of employees in the retail, wholesale and distribution sector agreed.

Overall, 81% of respondents said they enjoy working remotely and 65% felt that remote work positively affected their work-life balance, citing benefits like increased flexibility (64%), a greater feeling of safety (40%) and more productivity (29%). However, remote workers have faced challenges, including home distractions (59%), staying motivated (45%) and communication issues (37%). While 45% of employees do not feel remote work has impacted their mental well-being, 37% said that their mental health has deteriorated while working from home.

Morgan O’Rourke is editor in chief of Risk Management and director of publications for the Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)