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New report shows remote work has major benefits for parents and family caregivers

According to a new survey from and Mother Honestly, the remote work revolution has changed work for the better, especially for employees who are parents and caregivers.

New report shows remote work has major benefits for parents and family caregivers

When the pandemic ushered in a rapid shift to remote work, employees and managers alike were uncertain about the change. Employees who are parents and/or family caregivers, many of whom shifted their careers to meet the new demands of their home lives, feared lost opportunities and work-life balance. Employers worried about a loss of productivity. Now, The Modern Workplace Report from and Mother Honestly shows those fears were unfounded. 

Three years into the remote work revolution, many employees are thriving and support from managers is strong. It’s clear from the survey findings that employees and managers agree: remote work offers serious advantages.

How the pandemic changed work for the better

The vast majority of employees (76%) say having the ability to work remotely improves their overall quality of life, and their managers (77%) agree. 

Before the pandemic, nearly two-thirds of Americans say they rarely or never worked from home. Now, more than half (56%) say their employers have switched to a hybrid work model either permanently or temporarily. Employee caregivers working in these hybrid environments say the shift has resulted in:

  • Greater overall happiness (56% vs. 22% in-office full-time).
  • Less stress (54% vs. 24%).
  • Improved quality of life (53% vs. 26%).
  • More life balance (49% vs. 27%).
  • More career fulfillment (46% vs. 29%).

Remote work benefits caregivers at work and at home

The pandemic not only changed how people work, it also made employers more responsive to the needs of employee caregivers. According to the survey, increased remote work options have led to:

1. Better work-life balance

Flexibility at work means caregivers have more time outside of work to meet the needs of their households and families, including the family members they care for directly. 


  • 73% say they spend more time with their kids.
  • 70% report more time spent with their partner.
  • 66% spend more time with aging loved ones in their care.
  • 71% have more time for household chores.

Of those caring for seniors, 60% say remote work enables them to better track the health and well-being of aging loved ones in their care. Additionally, many enjoy an increased ability to see friends (56%), sleep (63%) and participate in leisure activities (67%).

2. Increased sharing of household duties

Since women entered the workforce, they’ve also handled most of the “second shift,” i.e., the chores and child care required before and after paid work. Responses to the survey suggest remote work is helping to shift this dynamic.

According to the survey, both men and women say moving from in-office to a hybrid work model has impacted their share of household duties similarly. Participants report spending more time on:

  • Overall household work (35% men, 34% women).
  • Caregiving (40% men, 39% women).
  • Cleaning (32% men, 37% women).
  • Cooking (34% men, 35% women).

Additionally, nearly half (47%) of male caregivers with a child under the age of 15 say, “I personally spend more time on child care when working remotely, which saves my spouse or partner some time.”

3. Leveling of the playing field

Historically, women’s careers are more likely to be disrupted by caregiver duties. This was clear in 2020 when 3.5 million mothers with school-age children either lost their jobs, took paid or unpaid leave or left the workforce entirely. Remote work hasn’t solved this problem, but survey data suggests it’s creating a more equal workplace for women and men.

The majority of men and women (77%) equally report that the wide adoption of remote work has created a more even playing field for career advancement across gender lines. Additionally, men and women alike report increased access to:

  • Paid time off and sick time (28% women, 30% men).
  • Flexible hours (54% women, 57% men).
  • Deadline flexibility (24% women, 30% men).

4. Increased productivity

Compared to their in-office counterparts, more than half (55%) of surveyed employees say they’re more productive working remotely. What’s more, a nearly equal number of managers (58%) agree.

Some increased productivity may be attributed to eliminating long commutes. By avoiding a commute:

  • 88% of employees save more than 30 minutes a day.
  • 67% of employees save an hour or more per day.

Increased productivity may also be related to increased employee satisfaction. Though 46% of employees report working more hours when they work from home, most employees (53%) still prefer remote work. In this way, the flexibility afforded by working from home is a win for caregivers and companies alike. Modern Workplace Report survey methodology

The and Mother Honestly Modern Workplace Report polled 1,000 employee caregivers and 500 decision-makers from September 2-5, 2022. All employee caregivers directly care for at least one senior adult or child under 15 and have both in-person and remote full-time employment experience. All decision makers are executives, HR management or senior management at employers with more than 200 employees. The surveys were conducted using the online survey platform, Pollfish, and compiled by DKC Analytics.


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