14 things your employees love (and hate) about remote work

Much like Marmite, seems that employees either adore or detest these new working models

14 things your employees love (and hate) about remote work

Remote work is an extremely divisive topic among employers, but a lot of employees seem extremely open to this idea especially after having a taste of it over the past years.

To prove this reception, a new survey from PsychTests surveyed employees on what they love the most about work from home. Here's what they found out:

  • No time wasted commuting or dealing with traffic (93%)
  • They can make their own hours (92%)
  • More autonomy (89%)
  • No travelling in bad weather (88%)
  • Saves money (87%)
  • They are just as productive at home as they are at the office, if not more (87%)
  • Allows for more work-life balance (84%)
  • Being able to start their day earlier (83%)
  • Less stress (80%)
  • More time to spend with loved ones (80%)
  • No dressing up for work (73%)
  • No need to deal with office politics (71%)
  • Being able to sleep in (53%)
  • No need to interact with other people face-to-face (49%)

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And if there are things that workers loved about working from home, there are also some aspects of it that they didn't seem pleased about, such as:

  • Lack of, or limited, social contact (41%)
  • Not having all equipment or tools readily available at work (41%)
  • Waiting for longer responses or approvals (37%)
  • Proving that they are being productive (31%)
  • Making decisions on their own (27%)
  • Not having their managers/colleagues readily available (27%)
  • Distractions at home (26%)
  • Temptation to slack off (22%)
  • Management's use of tracking software (22%)
  • WFH goes against work-life separation (21%)
  • Less tech support (20%)
  • Videoconferencing (19%)
  • Heavier workload (16%)
  • Falling asleep (11%)

Dr. Ilona Jerabek, president of PsychTests, acknowledged that while social isolation has become an issue, as well as managing projects remotely, reception towards remote work was positive.

"The outcome has generally been quite positive according to our study, with most people enjoying the many advantages of remote work," said Jerabek.

"For the most part, many workers and employers saw an increase in productivity, a decrease in work-related costs, and most importantly, a reduction in stress… aside from issues related to the pandemic," she added. "So, all in all, remote work has proven to be an advantageous endeavour, and is likely to become one of the top job search and hiring prerequisites."


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