In their recently published study titled “Truth about Remote Work 2022”, BruntWork revealed that 96% of remote workers had more free time working remotely than they did working in an office. More than 500 respondents were surveyed.

The new report from BruntWork, who specialise in placing virtual assistants, customer support agents, and telesales for SMEs, analyses the truth about remote work. The survey suggests that remote work arrangements aren’t just beneficial to workers, but they could also be good for business in more ways than one.

Time-efficiency is a huge factor, Winston Ong, CEO of BruntWork suggests. “On any given day, commuting can take up to 2 hours. Double that if you live and work in a developing country,” he says.

The ability to work from home, then, could help workers be more focused and boost productivity, essentially doing the same amount (or more) work in less time.

The majority of the 500 respondents surveyed had no issue with maintaining motivational levels at home, but 91% indicated they took home more money at the end of the day working remotely.

In turn, a remote work arrangement could afford employees more time to attend to personal matters like grocery shopping, paying bills, doing housework and spending time with family, Ong suggests.

His data reveals that 96% of remote workers report having more time to themselves. An increase in this leisure time has the double benefit of easing stress and increasing worker happiness.

Companies are quickly coming to the party with flexible work arrangements and scouring internationally for the best global talent, no matter where they might reside. While remote workers count increased productivity, avoiding commuting and less stress as the top benefits to their flexible arrangement, entrepreneurs are saving up to 70% on their labor cost by hiring internationally, as well as significant op-ex when they close their office for good.

More remote-work arrangements could elimate time spent in grid lock traffic, and not to mention, ease congestion and slow fuel waste.

From an economic perspective, additional leisure hours means more time spent consuming goods and services: going to the gym, taking in a movie, eating healthy groceries,” Ong says. In fact 80% of workers surveyed by Bruntwork reported being healthier while working remotely.

This isn’t to say office environments don’t serve a purpose. Some so-called office distractions can be beneficial to work: coworker interaction can improve teamwork, meetings can inspire ideas, and walking around provides not only physical activity but also creative boosts. In-person office culture also provides a crucial social network.

However the hidden benefits of working remotely cannot be underestimated. 97% of remote workers report better relationships with their partner and 98% report closer bonds with their children.