Remote Work During Coronavirus: What TruePublic Revealed
In response to the COVID-19 situation, various sectors of the global workforce shifted to remote work. This includes not only privately-held companies but also public businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions.
Although 3.2% of the entire US workforce is working remotely, the abrupt shift to remote work due to coronavirus has impacted several aspects of the work culture, including but not limited to motivation, happiness, and productivity.
We at TruePublic looked at a few insights about remote work and found a few impressive numbers that we cannot wait but share with you.
While only 18% of people work remotely full-time, 55% of respondents said they prefer working remotely.
Also, 50% of the respondents said flexibility and freedom is the main benefit of working remotely. Another 19% mentioned time/money-saving as the main benefit.
However, remote work has its disadvantages too. 34% of the respondents mentioned distractions at home as the biggest challenge of remote work for them.
At the same time, a lot of people (45% of the respondents) also said that when they come to work, they like to socialize.
Now, let’s take a look at remote work during lockdown or self-isolation imposed by COVID-19.
While 54% of the respondents on TruePublic said that their greatest motivation for work is earning a payday and 18% said it’s the joy of reaching the goal, 80% of the respondents said they were less motivated to work from home during the quarantine.
And while 32% of the respondents said they have no concerns when working from home amid the isolation, a whopping 30% said they are “going stir crazy.”
More concerning is that 16% of the respondents said they sometimes drink alcohol while working from home during coronavirus isolation.
And finally, while most people were not motivated to do remote work during the quarantine, most of them still think that working remotely is a good idea. In fact, 65% of the respondents believe it’s a good idea that Twitter will allow some employees to work remotely “forever.”
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