If you’re like us working hard for the money from the comfort of your own home (or nearby coffee shop), you’re not alone. And now, according to a new study, you’re getting some respect.
The perception, as you’re probably aware, surrounding working from home means you can take that two-hour lunch break! Afternoon strolls to the nearest museum! Workouts at 10 a.m.!
Alas, if only it could be that simple. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite as there aren’t clear boundaries as to when the day physically begins or ends as it’s 2:51 p.m. and you realize you haven’t gotten any fresh air yet, having worked around the clock since 7 a.m.
Anyway, we digress. According to the study published by Dell and Intel, perceptions are shifting. More than half of global employees believe peers who work from home are just as productive (or even more productive) than colleagues in the office.
In addition, per the survey remote workers felt like they get more done from the comfort of their very own home. For hybrid workers who toggle between working remotely some days and working in the office other days, 36 percent believe they’re equally as productive in both locations whereas half believe they are actually more productive at home than at the office. Interestingly enough, 14 percent indicated they get less done when working from home.
Remote workers pointed to additional sleep to the tune of 30 percent and less driving to the tune of 40 percent as added perks. As for another one? Nearly half of the respondents reported feeling less stressed out.
We shouldn’t make it seem all peachy keen, however. More than 80 percent of remote workers get distracted by others who are home like their spouses, children and oh yeah, pets. Then there’s the couch potato factor: 20 percent of employees exercise less when they work from home and 38 percent snack more.