How Are Leaders Experiencing Remote Work?
We compare responses from leaders and non-leaders to Buffer’s 2023 State of Remote Work Report to dig into how leaders are experiencing remote work.We’ve been writing and publishing Buffer’s State of Remote Work report for six years now, and we’ve learned a lot about the trends, benefits, and struggles of remote workers along the way. This year, after releasing the report, we had several people comment that they wondered what the results would be like for only people who are managers — and it’s a good question!We weren’t clear enough when publishing the report that the State of Remote Work already includes people managers and remote work leaders. Still, it felt like an opportunity to dive deeper into the data to pull out more data specific to leaders.While we didn’t ask if someone was a people manager when they completed the State of Remote Work survey (don’t worry, it’s already on the list for next year), we did ask about the kind of role that someone has, and one option was “leadership.” So, here’s what we learned looking at the results from the State of Remote Work and comparing those who work in leadership to those who don’t — the answers might surprise you.Leaders still overwhelmingly want to work remotelyTo start, leaders still want to work remotely for the rest of their careers (99 percent selected this option) and would recommend remote work to others (another 99 percent selected this option). This is only slightly higher than non-leaders, who were at 98 percent for both questions. Ultimately, no big difference between leaders and non-leaders here.We also asked respondents to describe their experience with remote work — and interestingly, leaders were more likely to select that they had a positive experience. Ninety-six percent of leaders selected that their experience was very