Remote work arrangements have become more prevalent over the last decade, presenting managers with a unique set of challenges. These scenarios range from employees working from home once or twice a week, to nationally or globally distributed teams, or even companies who have no offices and operate exclusively from the cloud.
The 15Five team surveyed hundreds of managers, supervisors, and executives about their telework experiences. This included participants working in large and small businesses, in every major department, and in just about every vertical. Here’s what we discovered...
Remote Teams: Good For Your Company or Productivity Nightmare
Good For Your Company or a Productivity Nightmare?
2016 survey results on the impact of telework on your business.
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15Five polled over 500 managers,
supervisors, and executives working
in every major department in just
about every field, to find the answers
to the following questions…
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• How prevalent is remote work becoming, and what are the
impacts that companies are seeing?
• Is communication technology helping managers to support their
teams, or is productivity plummeting?
How Companies Are Working Today
Of companies have standard workplaces,
with nearly every employee coming into the
office 4 or more days each week.
37% Have a main office with people working
10% Have no office space at all.
Remote Work On The Rise
Over the past 5 years there has been a 50%
increase in companies that have the
majority of their team working remotely.
Employees who did some or all of their work remotely.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor
Why Companies Are Allowing Remote
24% Improves the quality of life for employees.
21% Productivity or performance improved.
19% Access to the best candidates regardless of
A 2013 Forbes study of flexible workspaces found that large companies like Aetna save tens of
millions of dollars per year on office spaces by allowing remote work.
Benefits of Remote Work
50%Attrition dropped by
when people worked from home.
Remote employees are
✓ More engaged
✓ More committed to their work
✓ Rated their leaders higher
Remote Team Communication
The vast majority of respondents solicit feedback via email or in-person,
which is tough to do with a remote employee.
50% Don’t solicit feedback often enough
(only quarterly, monthly, or every two weeks)
41% Stated that communication with remote
employees was about the same as in-house.
22% Said they had even better communication
with remote employees.
TIP: Ask Your Remote Team These
Ask your team these weekly questions to keep relationships strong and to
ensure alignment with team and company objectives.
• How have you improved your remote working skills this month? Have you
identified any challenges?
• What has communication been like with team leaders, managers, and
• What are your primary goals this week/month/quarter?
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Remote Work Works
15Five helps you to ask the right questions at a
regular cadence, allowing leaders to create a
culture where employees feel heard, stay
productive, and remain accountable, even from
You can learn more at www.15Five.com