A year into remote work, Upwork findings show the experiment is working

What a long, strange year it’s been.

Although the pandemic is far from over, there is enough empirical evidence to support the argument that remote work has actually worked well despite the ad hoc way many of us were forced to take it on.

Upwork just released key findings and trends from polling hiring managers over the past year. Among the noteworthy observations:

  • Productivity is still higher than it was in the office. Sixty-one percent of those surveyed say productivity had gone up and 68% agreed that they now work better remotely than they did a year ago.
  • Relocation, relocation, relocation. An estimated 23 million people are planning to relocate. The survey found that more than half (52.5%) were looking to move to a more affordable place.
  • More work for freelancers. Managers who like working remotely are up to 16% more likely to work with freelancers and more than a third (36%) are planning to work with independent talent this year.


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