2022 State of Deskless Work Report

80% of the global workforce is deskless. New research highlights the challenges deskless workers face amidst workplace evolution. See what the findings could mean for you and your company.
"Over half (51%) of deskless workers would leave their current jobs to gain access to more autonomy and flexibility."

Executive Summary

The past two years of distributed work and accelerated digital transformation have changed work for the better. Namely, today’s knowledge workers benefit from unprecedented levels of autonomy and flexibility. But at the same time, workers who sit at a desk in a traditional office setting are increasingly rare and currently account for just 1 in every 5 employees around the world. The other 80% of the global workforce is deskless, traveling and operating in the field. 

This workplace evolution impacts all of us, but much of the discussion has been focused on desk-based knowledge workers. So, we wanted to know: Have deskless employees experienced the same gains as desk-based workers or are divisions growing? And what does this mean for employers?

To answer these critical workplace questions, Skedulo surveyed 500 deskless employees based in the United States, as well as 500 desk-based employees for comparison. We asked employees about their job experiences, expectations and thoughts about the current workplace evolution to discover how changes in autonomy, flexibility and technology impact deskless workers’ satisfaction, productivity and retention.

Read the full report to learn what the findings of our 2022 State of Deskless Work Report could mean for you and your company.

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