The way we work has changed, words which you’ve read about 100 times in recent weeks.
It is true however; things have changed significantly. In the space of a few months, remote working has taken over and the majority of people want it to stay, in fact 80% of Irish employees do.
According to research conducted by Amarach, 80% of Irish employees want to continue to spend at least some of their working week at home. 24%, which was the highest preference for the 1000+ individuals that were surveyed, said that their ideal scenario would be to work from home 2 to 3 days a week with the remainder of the days spent in their workplace. There was an even 20% split between respondents wanting to work 1 to 2 days and 3 to 4 days at home. 14% would only go to the office when required which left 15% preferring that things went back to normal office hours.
Reasons for working remotely varied for different individuals but the most common motivations included :
Reduced exposure to Covid-19 (81%)
Improved work life balance (70%)
Reduced commuting time (67%)
Work flexibility (55%)
Respondents also felt that other areas of their life had improved with 72% stating family life had improved, 56% were doing more home cooking, 53% doing more DIY and 45% said they were walking/cycling more.
Overall it appears although there has been some drawbacks with regard to the social aspect of the workplace there has been some major benefits to working from home from a work life balance point of view. The hybrid model of having staff working from home 2 or 3 days a week and in the office for the remainder could have major benefits for both employees and employers alike.
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