GitLab Remote Work Report 2021 shows companies can improve

Keep in mind when early web builders created on-line group techniques by actually copying places of work, appropriating recordsdata, drawers, and manila folders into digital type, photos and all? That is basically how workplaces are dealing with distant work, in keeping with the excellent new Remote Work Report from the nice folks at GitLab.

The report, which was shared with Quick Firm and will probably be launched on Tuesday morning, contains outcomes from a survey of nearly 4,000 remote workers on six continents. The findings counsel that though distant work has rapidly turn out to be the norm, most places of work aren’t actually doing asynchronous, distant work. They’re merely replicating their in-person workflows on-line.

Final 12 months’s inaugural Remote Work Report, launched simply weeks earlier than “coronavirus” entered our colloquial lexicon, discovered that distant work was mired in questions of logistics and efficacy, and but 86% of respondents believed that “distant work is the long run.” That future, after all, got here crashing down a lot quicker than anybody anticipated.


This 12 months’s survey signifies an enormous evolution: Staff are gung-ho on distant work, however workplaces are nonetheless determining find out how to do it: 80% of staff would advocate distant work, however two thirds say that their group shouldn’t be doing job “aligning work amongst initiatives.”

In the meantime, simply 10% use a visible collaboration device, and only one in 5 a mission or process administration app, whereas most “nonetheless lean on instruments used for office-centric, largely synchronous workflows,” write the report authors. Seventy p.c of organizations default to instruments like video, chat, and telephone, all designed for synchronous timing. (GitLab, after all, has a horse on this sport. It’s a fierce proponent of distant work and has had an all-remote workforce for years.)

Regardless of far-from-perfect working situations via the pandemic, many staff reported upsides to distant work, in keeping with the survey:

  • 42% reported will increase in productiveness
  • 38% reported will increase in effectivity
  • 24% reported much less forms and workplace politics (amen)

In step with different latest survey findings, staff now anticipate distant choices: One in three refuse to return to their commutes and every day grind, and say they are going to give up in the event that they lose distant choices.

The survey was additionally funded by a trio of different remote-friendly companies, Dropbox, Qatalog, and SafetyWing.