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Do you work from a closet? 21+ stats and figures about the pandemic and working life

Apparently, one in five of us have worked from a closet since the WFH revolution started. Just one of the post-pandemic remote work stats about work we found…

Are you working from home? Do you enjoy it, or are do you prefer a hybrid setup or even going back to the office full time? Do you feel more or less productive, perhaps lonely?

There’s no doubt that remote work is here to stay, and at FLOWN we’re all about giving our members the tools, spaces, and headspaces to work brilliantly from anywhere.

As a remote-first company, we live and breathe the remote/flexible work life. We do enjoy an in-person session too!

So we’ve done a bit of research and scavenged the internet for anything and everything (🎵) related to remote work, pandemic life, and productivity.

Below is a boatload of statistics and trends that we found surprising or cool!

Pandemic work stats: Perceptions and desires

  • 98% of remote employees would like to continue working remotely (at least for some time) for the rest of their careers. ~ (Buffer)
  • 97% of remote workers said they would recommend remote work to others. ~ (Buffer)
  • 57% of workers would feel comfortable returning to the office. This is after reaching a high of 73% in mid-July! ~ (Morning Consult)
  • 57% of workers also said they would consider quitting if their employer tried to get them to return to the office before they felt safe. ~ (Morning Consult).
  • 23% of full-time employees are willing to take a pay cut of over 10% in order to work from home at least some of the time. ~ (Owl Labs)
  • 63% of 8,800 frontline and office workers said they are more trusting of remote work since the pandemic, and 54% of workers think management is more trusting as well. ~ (Fuze)
  • 77% of respondents agree that after COVID-19, having the option to work from home would make them happier. ~ (Owl Labs)

Remote work and productivity

The numbers for the connection between productivity and working from home are looking pretty strong in our somewhat biased and hiiiighly scientific opinion. Below are remote work stats from three different surveys.

  • 60% of workers say they are more productive at home than they were in the office! ~ (Fuze)
  • 78% of workers reported that they are more productive working remotely. ~ (Morning Consult)
  • 75% of people report being the same or more productive during COVID-19 while working from home. ~ (Owl Labs)

Of course, we need to be mindful here and acknowledge that these productivity increases can depend on the nature of tasks and jobs, as well as people’s work-from-home setups! Glitchy wifi and uncomfortable chairs anyone?! We touch on challenges a bit further down so we hope you stick around.

Read more about virtual accountability and how FLOWN Flocks help remote workers do their best work.

Benefits of working remotely

  • The biggest benefit of working remotely that people report is the ability to have a flexible working schedule (32%). The others include the flexibility to work from anywhere (26%) and not having to commute (21%). ~ (Buffer)
    • In terms of commuting, working remotely on average saves workers 40 minutes daily. ~ (Owl Labs)
    • Another survey found that it can save up to a whooping 8.5 hours per week which equates to an extra 408 hours per year! ~ (Airtasker)
  • Working from home can also save you some money, because of spending less on things like commuting and eating out.
    • 30% of remote workers surveyed in the US are saving as much as $5,240 per year. ~ (CoSo Cloud)
    • In the UK, the average employed worker, working from home said they save £44.78 every week. ~ (Finder)
  • Another fun stat we found has to do with taking a vacation in a remote cabin or campground! Out of 1,000 people surveyed, 80% said that their remote vacay improved their mental health, and out of those working on their trip, 65% said their work productivity increased. ~ (VacationRenter)

By the way, we’ve got loads of ‘digital detox’ and remote workcation locations in our FLOWN Away collection of properties… check FLOWN Away out now!

Challenges of work in 2021

  • The biggest struggles people face when working from home include challenges with collaboration and communication (20%), loneliness (20%), not being able to disconnect (18%) and distractions at home (12%). ~ (Buffer)
    • On the topic of distractions though, 75% of people who work from home do so because there are fewer distractions. ~ (Flexjobs)
    • In terms of disconnecting and switching off at the end of a work day when working from home, on average people reported that it takes them 37 minutes to disconnect, and for more than 1 in 10 people (12%) it takes at least an hour. ~ (HR news)
  • While there are benefits people get from working remotely, not everyone has the right setup at home to do so. In fact, 38% of remote workers work from bed regularly and 65% have worked from beds during the pandemic at some point at least. Not only that, but 45% regularly work from a couch, 20% work outdoors and 19% work from a closet…. A CLOSET! ~ (Craftjack)
    • Considering the not-so-ideal home office set-ups, It’s no wonder that 39% or workers report developing musculoskeletal problems. ~ (RSHP)
  • Work also appears to have intensified, according to these remote work stats.
    • 25% of respondents report that they find themselves working longer hours since they started working remotely. ~ (Fuze)
    • Nearly 7 out of 10 professionals (68%) who transitioned to a remote set up said they work on the weekend. ~ (Robert Hlaf)
    • More than one-third of people don’t take a break every day! ~ (Fuze)
  • Another interesting stat we came across is that after a meeting, people take on average 18 minutes to get back into work-mode, and 1 in 10 say that it takes them a minimum of 30 minutes to feel productive again. ~ (HR news)
  • On the topic of meetings, 80% of people agree that there should be one day a week with no meetings at all. A statistic we, here at FLOWN, wholeheartedly support and practice! We call it Deep Work Friday! ~ (Owl Labs)
  • Perhaps a hybrid work setup could bring the benefits and mitigate some of the challenges of remote work. A study that built a fancy mathematical model found that 1-2 days (20-40%) of WFH could maximise the benefits.
  • 73% of teams and departments will have remote workers by 2028. So not only will remote working grow in terms of total numbers it will also become more widespread across industries. ~ (Upwork)
  • 74% of companies plan to shift some of their employees towards remote working permanently. ~ (Gartner)

Well that’s it.

We hope you enjoyed this list of pandemic remote work stats.

What do you think? We’d love to hear about your experiences navigating this new work landscape. Do you agree with the stats? Are there any you found super surprising, or some that made you go ‘oh that’s just a whole bunch of nonsense’? Let us know.

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