Remote Work Working Hard or Hardly Working

Remote Work: Working Hard or Hardly Working?

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Many workers and businesses have been able to do remote work for years thanks to technological changes. The pandemic caused a sharp rise in remote work and many employees now work at home. But is this a productive way to work?

Ergotron’s research says remote work does help with productivity. Researchers in the U.S. asked 1,000 remote and hybrid workers about their output, health, and other aspects of their lives. They found that remote work improves the balance between work and life, makes people more productive, and helps them live better lives. It’s a win-win situation that gives people a lot of freedom.

How does remote work help you get more done?

With all the modern comforts of home calling our names, it’s easy to see why companies might think remote workers are less productive. On the contrary, this is not the case. Remote workers are working longer hours, having a better mix between work and life and less stress.

1. Remote workers are working longer hours.

According to a report by Ergotron, 40% of workers put in longer hours at home than at the office. And information from the National Bureau of Economic Research mentioned that these longer workdays are, on average, 48.5 minutes longer. This time could add up to more than 193 extra work hours for full-time people.

2. Work-life balance is better for people who work from home.

Remote Work: Working Hard or Hardly Working?

At the same time, 75% of people who took the Egotron poll said that remote work has helped them find a better balance between work and life. Data from Future Forum support this idea. Future Forum found in April 2022 that people working from home have twice as much work-life balance as those working full-time in an office.

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3. Less stress happens to people who work from home.

A 2020 Nitro study also found that remote workers are becoming less stressed at work. In that study, 29% of people who worked from home said they were pretty stressed at work. In 2019, when most people worked in an office, this number was 33%. The study also showed that fewer people feel “extremely” stressed at work than they did before. This number went from 17% in 2019 to 15% in 2020 as more work was done at home instead of in person.

4. Employees reduce their travel time.

Today remote work gives companies more freedom, and many workers have been able to reduce the time they spend traveling. A recent National Bureau of Economic Research study found that this saved them 72 minutes per day. In Malaysia, the average amount of time saved was 69 minutes.

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Anisa is a writer who focuses on career and lifestyle topics in an effort to motivate both job searchers and employers towards greater fulfillment in their professional lives.

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