6 Reasons Most Want To Work From Home Even After Coronavirus
59% of us who are currently working at home due to COVID-19 are just fine with the arrangement, thank you very much, and plan to continue it as long as possible. Interestingly, at 62%, men are slightly more likely to want to stay working from home, while 57% of women say the same.
Most Want To Work From Home:
A bigger problem?
73% of us “have no idea” how our companies are planning to return to the office.
The data is from Fluent, which runs regular polls on its web properties. The company says that 150,000 – 175,000 consumers respond daily, on average.
The best parts of working from home, according to respondents, are unlikely to make companies terribly happy, however. Increased productivity — which I find to be the best benefit of working from home with the possible exclusion of no commute — only ranks fifth. Most Want To Work From Home:
- Time with family (34%)
- No commute (29%)
- Flexible schedule (17%)
- Saving money (11%)
- More productive (5%)
- Less office politics (4%)
“Gen Z is the most thankful for extra time with family, citing this as the greatest benefit of working from home,” Fluent says. “Appreciation for time spent with family decreases among older Americans, with a nearly 50% drop from Gen Z to baby boomers. Baby boomers and Gen Xers are most appreciative of the flexibility that comes along with working from home.”
Perhaps that’s why 44% of us would even take a pay cut to work from home forever. But some aren’t happy working from home.
The worst parts of working from home, according to the survey:
- More distractions (29%)
- Less social interaction (25%)
- Work/life balance (18%)
- Poor home office (10%)
- Less productive (10%)
- Hard to communicate (8%)
Clearly, many of us lack proper workspaces at home with an adequate degree of privacy and space. Some may also lack the tools — and possibly internet connection speed — needed to work well at home.
Perhaps that’s why Google has provided a $1,000 reimbursement for employees who need to set up a functioning home office. Plenty of tech companies such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter have enabled work-at-home policies, and even moved to normalize working from home post-Coronavirus, but fewer are following Google’s lead and funding home office expenses.
Interestingly, the older we are, the more likely we are to want to work from home.
“Gen X and baby boomers are most likely to continue working remotely after their offices reopen,” Fluent says. “Compared to all other generations, Gen Z is most likely to return to the office even if given the option to continue working from home.”