Remote Workforce Report 2023

The Rise of Globally Distributed Teams

  • The most up-to-date information on how companies are handling remote work
  • Where companies are finding cost efficiencies with distributed teams
  • Which factors are motivating businesses to hire remotely
  • How distributed teams build long-term employee productivity, engagement, and retention


What are the real benefits
of remote work?

More than 1,500 decision makers and employees in North America, Europe, APAC, and Latin America reveal how their companies are preparing for a distributed future. The conversation is no longer about the benefits of remote work. Instead, it’s about what comes after remote work: distributed teams. And for companies around the world, the shift has already begun. This report includes data points from leaders and workers across major global markets. If you are a leader, this research contains the information you need to access and retain top talent; realize the cost efficiencies of global hiring; and future-proof your organization against a rapidly shifting economic climate. Nearly half of businesses report growth in the number of full-time employees they have working outside their home country. The benefits of remote and distributed teams are not limited to cost savings. Higher levels of productivity, increased retention and employee satisfaction, higher quality applicant pools, and entry into new markets are all inspiring businesses to look beyond their borders.

Featuring insights from companies in

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America

This study is the first to look beyond the benefits of remote work and into the distributed future of the new workplace.

Our research reveals how companies in different regions of the world view distributed work —
 and how their motivations for building global teams differ across talent acquisition, cost savings, employee experiences, and other factors.

  • North America includes those in the US and Canada. We surveyed 132 decision makers and 137 employees here.  

  • Europe includes 112 decision makers and 137 employees in Germany, Austria, UK, France, and the Netherlands.

  • APAC includes those in Australia, Singapore, India, and New Zealand. We surveyed 124 decision makers and 115 employees here.

  • Latin America includes those in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina. Here we heard from 127 decision makers and 120 employees.

Overall, we surveyed 495 decision makers and 509 employees around the world.
This study includes three main groups based on working location: 

  • In-office work (in office only, in one country, n=265)

  • In-country remote workforce (employees working fully remote or hybrid, in one country, n=381)

  • Distributed international remote workforce (employees work remotely in more than one country, n=358)

We also placed quotas on company size and employee titles. To supplement our panel sample, we conducted a snowball sample using Remote-owned channels (n=577).

Companies are already leveraging distributed work to gain a competitive advantage.

Get the critical information you need to stay ahead.

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