FlexJobs, an online job boards site, recently surveyed over 2,100 people worldwide, who either worked remotely during COVID or are still working from home. The results of the survey are eye-opening.
Here are some of the numbers:
Vast majority want to continue to work at home:
- 65 percent want to keep working remotely full-time even after COVID ends; 33 percent would prefer a hybrid arrangement involving some office work and some days at home. and two percent say they are looking forward to working in an office full-time again.
And they are serious about wanting to work from home:
- 58 percent of remote workers say they would look for a new job if they can’t keep working from home.
- Only 11 percent said not being allowed to work at home anymore wouldn’t bother them.
Why they do not want to work in the office:
- 49 percent still say fears about COVID-19 exposure is their biggest concern about in-office work; 46 percent worry about having less work flexibility; 43 percent think it will disrupt their work-life balance.
Benefits of working from home:
- 84 percent listed not having to commute to the office anymore as the top perk, while 75 percent of remote workers named saving money as their second favorite perk.
- 38 percent estimate working from home is saving them over $5,000 a year (from not having to eat out, not buying gas, or needing dry cleaning), while 20 percent believe they’re saving around $200 a week, or roughly $10,000 annually.
Time to move?
- 37 percent are “definitely” considering living elsewhere, while 31 percent say they might consider a move to a new area.
- These respondents name quality of life (58%) as the biggest reason to move. A lower cost of living and housing (47%) and a better climate (38%) follow closely behind.
Frustrations of working at home include:
- 35 percent say overworking and being unable to “unplug” is the biggest challenge of remote work
- 28 percent mention dealing with non-work distractions
- 28 percent listed troubleshooting tech problems alone
- 26% noted getting reliable WiFi as a frustration
Health effects of working from home:
- 56 percent of workers say they’ve experienced burnout during the pandemic.
- 39 percent say their mental health is worse today than it was in January 2020.
Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, summarizes things this way: “The landscape of remote work has permanently changed as a result of COVID-19 and its impact will be felt in the job market and the workplace well into the foreseeable future.”
It will be interesting to see how this all works out, but at this point, it seems that there has been a fundamental shift in how work will get done and what people’s attitudes are about jobs.
As a colleague mentioned to me the other day, if the number of people wanting to work from home stays at current levels, there will be a shock to company culture. One of the outcomes of such a shock may be just having mercenaries on your staff, with people just selling their services to the highest bidder, and not really committed to the firm’s mission.
And that would be a shame…
Seems like we are entering a Brave New World…