20 Future of Work Stats That Will Make Your Head Spin

Revolutions occur when pent-up imbalances meet a catalyst that affects the masses. Sound familiar?

We are all living amidst a revolution and frankly, it’s a wild time to be a human. And, here at Voodle, we lean into this “future of work” revolution every day.

Our Slack is filled with news about remote work trends, the return to work (whatever that means 🙄), cultivating company culture, DE&I topics, physical and mental health at work, and of course the video/remote/collaboration tech stack. 

This drives our passion for creating a product that supports all those things. It’s how we arm ourselves with the knowledge to find and care for the next generation of workers, especially those who make the shift to the remote workplace.

We want to share some of those nuggets of wisdom with you and hopefully spark a little somethin’ somethin’ as you pontificate your role in the revolution.

So, without further adieu, here are 20 future of work stats that we find particularly fascinating about the time and place we find ourselves working:

1. Goodbye cubicle:

89% of all workers do not want to go back to their pre-pandemic offices. The future of work may not require a shared address.

2. Who actually misses the office?

Only 3% of Black workers want to return to full-time in-person work compared to 21% of white workers in the United States. Click here for more info on microaggressions at work and how to address them.

3. Is it just me?

48% of employees feel that their voices go unheard on video calls and 57% of their colleagues have noticed.

4. Checked out:

Employees with a strong sense of belonging are over 6X more likely to be engaged than those without. It’s also a HUGE plus for quality of mental health at work.

5. The remote experience:

African American workers report an increase in sense of belonging, a 64% improvement in stress management, and 25% improvement in work-life balance with the shift to remote or hybrid work.

6. Bottom Line:

Among C-Level executives, 70% agree team meetings would be more productive/effective w/ async short video.

7. The existential meeting:

Over 65% of employees say only half or less of their Zoom calls are pertinent to their job. The future of work better have fewer meetings…

8. Where’d the time go?

Time spent on email, IM, phone, and video calls — has risen 50% or more over the past decade to consume 85% or more of most people’s workweeks.

9. Frankly, my dear, we’re exhausted:

Women reported experiencing 13.8 percent more Zoom fatigue than men, on average. Talk about a drain on mental health at work. Yikes.

10. Corner (of the bedroom) Office:

Pre-pandemic, 3.4% of US-Based employees were remote. In a matter of weeks, 88% of employers were forced to implement remote-work policies.

11. Behold the Digital Nomad:

Before March 2020, the US annual migration rate was just 9.3%. Over the next 12 months, 47% of poll respondents, ages 18-44, moved or planned to move.

12. Ping pong this, future of work:

A July 2021 Fast Company piece declared “The Era of Wacky Office Perks is Dead.” (…and yes, we know this isn’t a stat but this one is too good to resist including here.)

13. The era of the Great Resignation:

“The market is being flooded right now with people looking for something better, people who have had enough of organizations that do not care.” (oops, we did it again.)

14. Challenge for remote execs, who care:

Eroding corporate culture is the biggest challenge for executives (36%) and closely followed by loss of mentoring (30%), loss of innovation opportunities (26%), and potential equity issues between on-site and fully remote workers (25%). 

15. Loss of productivity myth:

The number of high performers increases with radical flexibility to 63% (from 45% with normal flexibility).

16. What about the robots?

The number of jobs lost to automation by 2030 in the US is set to reach 73 million.

17. A new skill set is required:

Demand for social and emotional skills will expand by 26% in the US. The future of work demands emotional intelligence.

18. A little bit of fortune-telling:

19. A clear win for people with disabilities:

Knowledge workers with a disability are more likely to feel respected in a hybrid (81%) environment than when on-site (56%) 

20. And one stat nobody is talking about:

51% of women who weren’t working remotely before, but have been since the pandemic, say their level of safety has increased

The Future of Work is Coming Up Fast

Between equity gains for DE&I and the upcoming (maybe?) robot wars, it’s clear we are toiling away during another unprecedented shift in humanity’s industrious history. While the stats are fascinating and the armchair philosophy spawns new influencers every day, the question for leaders and teams in the trenches remains: what are the right processes and tools to keep morale and production at optimal levels?

While that answer is undoubtedly different for every organization, we do know the following:

  • Enabling all stakeholders to a) feel psychologically safe enough to raise their voice and b) providing them a platform to do it is paramount.
  • If we keep shoving more and more meetings on our calendar, there won’t be enough time to actually get work done.
  • Human beings rely on the full spectrum of communication – voice, body language, and written documentation – to get their point across initially and after the fact.
  • The “old ways” came with a whole slew of problems (mental health at work being one of many elephants in the room) and going back to them is impossible knowing what we know now.
  • There is so much opportunity and hope in the future of work. Now we just need to do the work of making it happen.

Voodle sees the future of work as the current frontier. Its voyages into the remote workplace are a special kind of mission to explore new arrangements and seek out new methods of communication for our professional civilization. To boldly go async where no video messaging tools at work has gone before. In short, we are already beaming up into the new way of working. 🖖

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