If you want to work remotely, these countries are your best bets

Nearly half of U.S. businesses now allow remote work, and 49% offer flextime as well, according to a new global workplace study from Condeco Software that examines remote and flexible work. The responses are based on 750 business leaders in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Australia, and Singapore.
Going remote.
The U.S. is tied for the country with the second most amount of companies allowing remote work (43%.) Another 43% of U.S. businesses forecast that they will allow more remote working in the coming year. (Employees are asking to work from home: 54% of companies said that they offer remote work as a retention strategy.)
Another country where remote working is popular is Australia, at 45%. A nation that’s much more into showing up at their desks every day, is Germany, with only 35% remote work.

Why does your organization offer remote work?

  • Foreign expansion: 17%
  • Improve staff retention: 52%
  • To reduce office costs: 47%
  • Employees demand it: 45%
  • To scale staff numbers more flexibly: 44%
  • Lets employees get closer to clients: 37%

Remote work is no trend; it is a practice that is only increasing.

Flexible working

Forty-nine percent of U.S. companies now offer flextime. (Singapore is number one, allowing the most workers to set their own hours. The country offers 66% flextime).

Nearly 50% surveyed said they expected flexible working to increase over the following year, and an even larger percentage said they expected it to increase in the next five years.

Of course, there were some cultural concerns about flexible and remote working.

Some people worried about flexible working, in that they thought it created too much of a “fun environment,” creating an office where people went to for “social reasons.”

Others surveyed were concerned that remote workers could not keep up productivity at the level of in-office workers.

These attitudes will surely be softened as remote and flex-time become more and more normalized.

The general consensus is that working three days a week and two in the office is optimal (49%.) Anything more is pushing the current norm.

After all, it’s just good business to show your face in the office every now and then.