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  • Allwork.Space and Alliance Virtual Offices conducted a survey, and also analyzed third party research, to understand how remote work impacts individuals’ health and wellbeing. 
  • Workers benefit from being offered the option to work from home, but the greatest benefits were found among several minority groups. 
  • Remote work has been found to reduce stress and help workers break the glass ceiling – but it does still have some drawbacks, including physical ailments from using inadequate home furniture. 

This article was originally published on Alliance Virtual Offices. 

Workers Thrive When Given the Choice of Work Environment  

We analyzed millions of figures, including those of our own workers at Alliance Virtual Offices and Allwork.Space, to see how remote work impacts individuals’ health and wellbeing.  

To our surprise, we found that all workers benefit from being offered the option to work from home, but the greatest benefits were found among several minority groups. 

In addition to a literature review, we also surveyed workers across Alliance Virtual Offices and Allwork.Space to see how our teams compared to a control group.   

We’re sure you’re ready for the stats, so check out our original research below.  

References, methods, and procedures for this study can be found in the Methods and Procedures PDF. 

Key Findings: 

  1. Remote work options can help utilize the unique experience and skills of minorities, increasing diversity and equity.  
  2. Offering parents remote work options can put $8 billion back into the economy.   
  3. When given the option to work from home, workers were 22% more productive.  
  4. Remote work reduces stress by 39%.  
  5. Those with long commutes, especially women, are less happy and healthy.  
  6. Without proper office equipment, workers are 27.5 – 46.9% more likely to gain weight and have an increase in pain.  
  7. Cycling to work increases the chance of hospitalization by 2.6%.  
  8. When compared to control groups, our teams have significantly lower commutes and are healthier and happier.  
  9. Those with the option for remote work were 93% more likely to feel included. 

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Source: https://allwork.space/2022/05/offering-remote-work-options-creates-a-diverse-equitable-and-inclusive-workplace-environment/

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