According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 5.7% of people in the U.S. worked remotely prior to the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020.
However, the percentage of people working remotely has increased significantly since then. A Stanford study of 10,000 people found that 27 percent of paid full-time days were worked from home in early 2023.
Working remotely has many benefits, such as improved work/life balance and more flexibility. But it also comes with its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to mental health. Lack of in-person interactions with colleagues can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness; increased expectations while working outside the office may lead to burnout; and dwindling boundaries between personal and professional lives can cause stress.