The persistence of the novel coronavirus pandemic has forced many workers to work from home. According to a survey, the majority of U.S. workers prefer this remote routine.
A survey report titled “National Survey: A Majority of US Employees Want Remote Work Arrangement to Stay” was released by getAbstract. It shows that 43 percent of respondents said they want to work remotely more often moving forward.
“This survey shows that even with the added stress of coronavirus and helping kids with schooling from home, nearly half want to work from home more often after this,” said Andrew Savikas, chief strategy officer at getAbstract. “And it seems businesses feel the same, with so many in active discussions or making announcements about flexible work in the future.”
The results of the survey show that 43 percent said they would like to work remotely more often. Meanwhile, “35% indicated that they would like to go back to their former schedule. Only 12% said the experience of being sequestered at home is making them want to spend more time in an office environment.”
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Fox Business reported that by early April of this year, nearly half of Americans shifted to working from home.
The getAbstract survey also reported the top three reasons among the participants for wanting remote work. These are “Not having to commute; enjoying a more flexible schedule; and being more productive at work,” as per the report. Respondents also said that they have more time to pursue hobbies and spend time with loved ones.
“Working from home is a great way to reduce stress,” said Savikas. “This is especially evident right now as the coronavirus crisis has many people experiencing increased anxiety. Lots of us already juggle competing priorities at home, like caring for children, and working from home can relieve some of that stress.”
Over a quarter of respondents mentioned feelings of isolation when asked about the biggest drawback of working from home. “Imperfect telecommuting technologies or feared becoming detached from their company and co-workers,” were also mentioned. Meanwhile, 17 percent said distractions at home would be a challenge.
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