With more people telecommuting in the U.S. than ever before, we need to look at motivating remote employees . This is not necessarily easy to do.

Before moving on to our coverage of remote employees (telecommuters), take a look at these three posts:

First, we cover some background information. Then, motivational tools.


Remote Employees by the Numbers

Although remote employment (telecommuting) has been around a long time, it has really gained traction in the era of the Internet.

“The number of telecommuting workers has increased 115% in a decade, according to a report from Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs. That translates to 3.9 million workers, or almost 3% of the total U.S. workforce, working from home at least half the time in 2015, an increase from 1.8 million in 2005. ‘The impact of remote work is changing; employers really need to pay attention to it and not ignore it any longer,’ Sara Sutton Fell, CEO of FlexJobs. While more firms offer telecommuting options, larger firms are the most apt to offer the option to workers.”


  • “50% of the U.S. workforce has a job that is compatible with at least partial telework. And 20-25% of the workforce teleworks at some frequency.
  • 80% to 90% of U.S. workers say they would like to telework at least part time.
  • A typical telecommuter is college-educated, 45 years old or older, and earns an annual salary of $58,000 while working for a company with more than 100 employees. 75% of employees who work from home earn over $65,000 per year, putting them in the upper 80th percentile of all employees, home or office-based.”

“We’ve culled through data to offer interesting stats about remote work. 1. Remote work can increase worker productivity. 2. It drives employee efficiency. 3. This lowers stress and boosts morale. 4. And it reduces employee turnover. 5. Remote work decreases real-estate costs and overhead. 6. Also, it often leads to greater employee engagement. 7. It positively impacts the environment. 8. It meets demands of younger workers. 9. It’s the future of work. 10. It’s a global phenomenon.”


Motivating Remote Employees

With the growth of remote workers, it becomes more challenging to motivate them across the board.

With that in mind, here is an infographic with motivational tips from

With more people telecommuting than ever, we need to look at motivating remote employees . This is not necessarily easy to do.

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