After having a taste of working from home — many say they don’t want to go back
Working from home was always a very efficient and productive method for employees to provide their services. But as a massive modern outbreak hadn’t struck the workforce till now, no one had realized the potential of remote work — but that’s changed now.
Coronavirus pandemic has forced people out of their offices and imprisoned them in their homes. To keep making a living for their families, people started searching for ways to make money while not having to step out of their homes. But, as a recent survey suggests, a number of people don’t plan to go back to traditional methods of working even when the pandemic leaves our lawns.
States of play, a joint CNBC/Change Research survey has suggested something that aligns with the fact of people realizing the potential of remote work. According to the survey, a total of 42% of the people who responded, are working from home — that’s a huge increment from the 9% of people who worked from home before the coronavirus outbreak.
19% of people said they’re having a taste of working from home for the first time — while 14% said they worked from home before, but not so much as they do now.
58% of the population said they’re still working outside. But as the survey was conducted in the States, it doesn’t depict the remote work situation of other countries where lockdowns are more prominent.
What happens next?
Even before the survey was conducted, it was predicted that people are going to be tempted towards remote work jobs after the pandemic is gone — and that’s exactly what this survey depicts.
55% of the responders say they’re going back to their regular jobs when the pandemic leaves their nests. 20% said they are not sure whether they are going to work from home or head back to offices. The remaining 24% clearly said they plan to work entirely or work more from home. Another thing to consider is that coronavirus pandemic is far from being over — as of now, there’s still no bright hope for us to stop this crisis in its plans. We still have to go a long way before scientists prepare a reliable vaccine for coronavirus. Until that happens, we’re going to see an even higher number of people turning to remote work jobs for their living. As more people get to understand remote work, more people are expected to develop their future plans inclined towards work from home.
What’s the effect of remote work on productivity?
The survey also covers the productivity of responders. A solid 60% majority said they’re as productive, or more productive while working from home than they normally are. But as more and more people are forced to jump on the “work from home” bandwagon, and existing remote workers spend more time getting themselves familiar with remote work, this percentage is eventually going to increase. That being said, more people will output a higher productivity ratio as time passes.
The report also shows that people with higher incomes are more likely to work from home and be comfortable with it. 24% of the people with a yearly income of less than $50,000 are able to work from home. In the case of incomes ranging from $50,000 to $100,000, 36% of the people are working from homes. When it comes to the highest incomes, i.e., more than $100,000 per year, 46% of people are working from home.
This survey also inquired people about how they were spending the time they saved from the commute. To no surprise, only 28% of the people said they’re investing more time into their work. The majority of responders said they’re spending their extra time to be with their families, sleep more, or get themselves entertained with recreational activities or hobbies.