Report by Katharina Buchholz, Data Journalist, Statista
• A survey by Flexjobs shows that 65% of people working remotely during the pandemic want to continue doing so.
• Having no commute and saving money were named as the biggest advantages of working from home.
• Although WFH was significantly preferred, the survey also highlighted some disadvantages such as overworking and tech problems.
In a survey by job listings site Flexjobs, an astonishing 65% of pandemic remote workers said they wanted to keep working from home and 58% even said they would look for a new job if they would have to return to the office.
Only 2% said they would prefer to return, while 11% said that remote work was not essential for them. At a third of respondents naming it as their preferred mode of working, the hybrid model that combines office and remote work was also popular.
Respondents were pretty much in agreement about the biggest perks of working from home: Having no commute and saving money were named by 84% and 75% of remote workers, respectively.
Reasons against remote work were more diverse and included overworking/the ability to unplug (35% of respondents), distractions at home and tech problems (28% each) as well as finding reliable WiFi (26%) and video meeting fatigue (24%).
The survey also found that only 24% of pandemic remote workers have a designated home office while 34% had created a designated workspace.
The wish to relocate to a different area – a move that roughly a third said they would make, while another third entertained the idea – could lead to more working space for some. 47% wanted to relocate for cheaper living, only trumped by the search for a better quality of life (58 percent).
Popular opinion suggests the advantages of working from home outweigh the disadvantages.