For many people around the world the way we work has changed dramatically since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Some countries managed to overcome several covid waves and are lifting their restrictions, whereas some are still struggling with the soaring numbers of covid cases and forcing of new lockdowns. However, what is clear is that once restrictions are lifted, many of us will find ourselves back in the office. Yet there is a growing sentiment among office-workers of not wanting to go back to the business-as-usual scenario, and many call on companies to let them work from home – even after the pandemic is over. A survey conducted by Fluent shines a light as to why.
How many of us feel like underperforming parents? The pressure put at work sometimes leaves us feeling drained out and by the time we get back home, we have no more energy left to give to our loved ones. Not spending more time with family is one of the major regrets for many people and now that many are working from home, they can finally witness their baby taking the first steps, or saying the first word. Remote work offers a chance to experience the joys of family life anew and this is something that many are not prepared to let go of and the major reason why people want to work from home.
Another (slightly unexpected) side effect of this is that many people now want to fix up their homes because they spend more time in them than ever before. For instance Gisle from BAD & VVS – rørlegger Bergen, says that they have never had more to do then now because so many want to fix their homes and bathrooms because of this.
Peter Drucker, the renown management guru, famously stated that “commuting to office work is obsolete” back in 1993. His words became more relevant than ever in 2020: the global pandemic showed that commuting to the office is indeed unnecessary as many firms needed to quickly adapt themselves to the new reality of remote work. One study even found that on average, commuters lose 54 hours in traffic annually. It is perhaps unsurprising to see why so many people want to work from home. This leads us to another benefit, which is…
Working from home almost feels like a pay-rise. Taking into account the daily costs of commuting to work, they can quickly add up: just consider how much one spends on petrol or on public transport (costs will inevitably vary – for some workers living further away from the city the costs may be higher).
This one is especially relevant for working parents and working mothers, in particular. Remote work offers them a possibility to balance work life with family responsibilities. Research conducted by McKinsey shows that remote-work mothers report higher work efficiency (i.e. effective time management) precisely because of schedule flexibility.
Multiple studies demonstrate that remote workers are more productive than their in-office counterparts. The link between remote work and increased productivity is straightforward: employees not only get their work done faster, they also take less sick leaves. Remote workers themselves claim that they experience increased productivity because there are fewer distractions at home and the work environment is quieter than that in the office, improving concentration.