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60 Per Cent Of People Want to Continue Working From Home

60 Per Cent Of People Want to Continue Working From Home
11 June 2020
 

In a survey of 447 workers, 60 per cent said they’d prefer to work from home, even post-lockdown.

COVID-19 has forced businesses across the globe to work remotely and this data could spell the end of the traditional office as we know it.

Adzooma, a digital marketing platform, identified that 93.3 per cent of people can perform their job as normal, from the comfort of their own home. Over half (60 per cent) of people surveyed said they would like to work from home if they had the choice. What’s more, 52.6 per cent said they don’t want to return to a normal office after COVID-19.

 

“There are a number of obvious benefits – not having the stress of a commute, being able to have more relaxing sleep as there is less time pressure, and not having the stress of being observed all day and feel like you have to put on a show, especially if you’re struggling.”

–Paul Ansorge

Psychotherapist 

 

“A Workspace That Is Perfectly Set Up For My Needs”

 

For the majority of people surveyed, working at home is has been an enjoyable experience, with 83.5 per cent of respondents admitting that they enjoy working at home, even during a global pandemic.

When asked the reason why working from home has been enjoyable, 39.9 per cent said the flexibility it brings, whilst 37.6 per cent said the lack of commuting, followed by 13.4 per cent admitting they liked having the space to concentrate.

Other responses included not having to keep up a ‘work persona’, wearing comfortable clothes, fewer interruptions, and having “a workspace that is perfectly set up for my needs”.

What is the best part of working from home?

Picture: A pie chart demonstrating that 39.9 per cent of people surveyed prefer working from home due to the flexibility it brings, whilst 37.6 per cent said the lack of commuting, followed by 13.4 per cent admitting they liked having the space to concentrate.

 

43.1 Per Cent Miss The Social Aspects Of Office Working

 

According to the data, 67.6% of respondents said they are more productive when working at home, potentially due to fewer distractions. However, 63.6% of respondents admitted that they miss aspects of working in an office.

When asked what they missed most about the office, 43.1% of people said socialising, with other answers including face-to-face meetings (15.7%), communication with others (14.8%), and structure (10%).

One of the most popular responses was a call to continue working from home for the majority of the week, coming into the office for two days to meet others, socialise and brainstorm new ideas.

 

The Mental Health Implications

 

The survey also took into account how staying at home may affect people’s mental health.

To get a deeper understanding of this subject, Adzooma interviewed psychotherapist Paul Ansorge on his view on the effects of working at home. 

He commented: “There are a number of obvious benefits – not having the stress of a commute, being able to have more relaxing sleep as there is less time pressure, and not having the stress of being observed all day and feel like you have to put on a show, especially if you’re struggling.

“However, the aforementioned lack of social contact would be the key negative – as well as a kind of ‘four-walls’ syndrome of a lack of variety of environment.

“If you do work from home, compensating for both these things with your non-work time is pretty crucial!”

Picture: A photograph of a person working at their desk, on a video conference call

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 11 June 2020

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