But many remote workers put in longer hours than office
Almost two-thirds (63 per cent) of employees who have worked from home full time the past year say they feel more productive there.
That’s compared to 37 per cent who feel more productive at the office, finds a survey of 400 people by Biteable, an online video platform.
In addition, 62 per cent of remote employees say they’d be happy to work from home forever, compared to 38 per cent who feel the opposite.
Other findings from the survey include:
Hours of work: When working from home, the majority of employees (29 per cent) spend between seven to eight hours per day on work, while 28 per cent spend five to six hours. When working in the office, the majority of employees (38 per cent) say they spend between five to six hours per day on work, while 28 per cent spend about seven to eight hours.
Overall, employees are less likely to work a full eight hours from the office (12 per cent) than they are from home (14 per cent), finds the survey.
Eighty-two per cent of managers in the U.S. feel their workload has increased but 80 per cent say they have been more productive, according to a separate report.
Digital interactions: While Zoom meetings have been given a bad rap, many respondents prefer video calls over in-person meetings: 54 per cent of employees prefer meeting a colleague via video call and 46 per cent prefer in-person meetings.
With many workers still working remotely, 61 per cent say that all their meetings are done by video, and 49 per cent find it exhausting, according to a report from Virtira Consulting, a remote team performance company.
Hybrid work: 50 per cent of employees say they’d like to spend two or three days in the office per week while 13 per cent say they’d like to work entirely from home, and 11 per cent would like to return to the office full-time.
With so many employees separated from their colleagues for so long, it’s crucial that leaders work to have strong relationships with their teams, says an HR professor.
Social interactions: Eighty per cent of remote employees say they miss the social aspect of the office, compared to 20 per cent of who don’t miss the office social scene. More than one-quarter (27 per cent) of remote employees miss the social aspect of the office, but not enough to return.
More than two-thirds (68 per cent) of remote employees miss work-related social events, compared to 32 per cent who don’t.