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The Profile of the Remote Worker [INFOGRAPHIC]

Around 33 million people in the US work remotely at least half of the time they work. In fact, the number of remote workers increased by 79.7% from 2005 to 2012.

So exactly who is working remotely and why are companies embracing remote work? To answer these questions, Column Five created an infographic called “The Profile of the Remote Worker” for video and web conferencing company Highfive.

According to the data, the remote worker is on average 49 years old, college educated, and employed at a company with more than 100 employees, earning an annual salary of $58,000. Most remote workers are in the service industry, followed by the management and financial industry and then office and administrative support. Oregon, Montana, Colorado and Vermont are the states with the most remote workers.

Why are today’s companies increasingly embracing the remote worker? It’s because of the benefits to both employer and employee. According to the data, remote workers reported greater productivity and, despite working off-site, they actually felt more connected to their coworkers. Remote workers say they are able to strike a better work-life balance and, in general, are more satisfied in life.

With all the added benefits of working remotely, it’s a win-win for employees and companies to expand work beyond the confines of an office.

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