Although some workplaces are starting to return to in-person working conditions, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we worked. According to a December 2020 poll from the Pew Research Center, prior to the pandemic just 20% of those surveyed were working from home. That number jumped to 71% during the pandemic.
But were employees working the same number of hours remotely? In April, we asked our Job Journey readers if they were working more or less hours from home as compared to when they were in the workplace.
More than half of those surveyed, 58%, said that they worked more hours remotely. Twenty-five percent reported there was no change in the hours they worked, while only 17% said they worked less hours from home.
We also asked respondents how many more or less hours they were working each day, with most responding around the 1.5 hour mark.
What Does This Mean?
Although remote workers are putting in more hours than they did in the office, the same Pew Research Center poll found that 54% of those working remotely hope to continue working remotely after the pandemic.
This shows that, for the majority, working from home can be both more productive and more desirable.
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