The State of Remote Work: 5 Trends to Know for 2023

Monday, February 27, 2023

The sudden shift to remote and hybrid work spurred significant change for employers, employees and job seekers. But after several years of adjusting, where do they stand when it comes to working in the office versus anywhere? New research from talent solutions and business consulting firm Robert Half reveals five remote work trends taking shape for 2023.

  1. Remote jobs are here to stay. Professionals remain confident in the job market, and having greater flexibility to choose where and when to work is a top motivator for making a move. Nearly 9 in 10 workers considering a job change (87%) are interested in hybrid or fully remote positions. And they have options: 28% of all new job postings in January 2023 were advertised as remote, on par with 29% a year ago.
  2. Work flexibility can lead to greater happiness. More than three-quarters of professionals (77%) who can work where and when they are most productive are putting in more hours now than three years ago. Despite longer workdays, 46% report higher job satisfaction.
  3. Some would sacrifice salary for more remote time. Nearly one-third of workers (32%) who go into the office at least one day a week are willing to take a pay cut for the ability to do their job remotely all the time. When asked by how much, the average response was 18%. Technology professionals (47%), 18- to 25-year-olds (42%) and working parents (41%) are most likely to accept a salary reduction to be fully remote.
  4. Being in the office has benefits. Nearly two-thirds of professionals (65%) said they have more effective relationships with colleagues they've met face-to-face versus those they have not. And more workers are comfortable collaborating in person (49%) than virtually (31%).

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