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65% of remote workers do not want to return to the office - here's why

58% of people surveyed by Statista said they would look for a new job if they would have to return to the office / Image: Unsplash.

Report by Katharina Buchholz, Data Journalist, Statista

Key Findings:
• 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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

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