Right now, the majority of people wake up each morning and their “commute” to work consists of walking from their bedroom to the dining room table – it’s safe to say there are many mixed emotions! We’re now far enough into this remote work experiment that there are statistics and data slowly piling in and quantifying how people feel about telecommuting. Here are some key remote statistics below:
Productivity levels among employees, which were originally believed to have declined, have surprisingly increased. Employees are beginning to work non-traditional hours, in addition to their traditional schedule, because, according to one study, 86% of employees feel pressured to prove they are working hard and that they are a valuable part of the team. Employees are actually working up to 28 hours of monthly overtime to compensate for working from home. The main concern is that employees are sacrificing their work-life balance and that can’t continue.
The most important question we’ve seen so far is if companies have the bandwidth and resources to support a massive remote workforce. Employees and employers disagree on this point, with 52% of employees saying their employer needs to invest in better technology, while only 37% of business IT leaders agree. For now, the solution is for employees to use personal devices to bridge the gaps.
Feelings about remote work
As workers continue adjusting to their new realities, 71% of employees and managers desire to continue working from home at least part-time, 60% of people feel less connected to their colleagues since working remotely and have a desire to get that back in some capacity, and only 35% of people have a dedicated home office. It’s no surprise that remote work leads to a higher number of distractions and connection issues, which are among the top issues facing employees. These issues leave room open for flexible, office space options that are attractive to many and still give people the opportunity to work from home when they desire.
There are many opportunities and challenges for the workforce that have popped up since the start of the pandemic, and while work from home has made collaboration easier, non-traditional work hours, lack of comfortable workspace, and missed in-person connections are hard to overlook. If you’re looking for flexible, office space options, visit us at https://officeplace.com or contact Lennie Leibenhaut at 860-419-5900 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Data from: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/07/08/future-work-good-challenging-unknown/.