Study Finds Remote Work Suits Most

It’s safe to say that the pandemic has pushed business meetings and other get-togethers almost exclusively online. Video conferencing and webinar solution provider ClickMeeting reports a 375-percent increase in online events each week and a 560-percent increase in online audience size, and in the month of March alone, it hosted nearly a quarter million webinars. ClickMeeting also surveyed online full-time workers in the U.S. and UK on how they were adapting to remote work and their perspectives on education’s move online.

ClickMeeting’s survey found that 46 percent of respondents view a hybrid model—working partly at home and partly at the office—as the ideal working environment. It found that 33 percent prefer pure remote work and only 16 percent would rather have an office-only model. ClickMeeting suggests that this presents companies with new challenges to manage remote working conditions amid current uncertainty, and how to prepare for and optimize the future’s more fluid spectrum of working environment options.

The survey also found that 59 percent enjoy remote work, while 23 percent of people miss working in an office. As much as 69 percent of people who took part in the survey expect compensation for using their personal Internet, furniture or equipment, and 32 percent think that they should receive a higher salary for working at home.

When it comes to how the education sector is handling remote learning, 42 percent of those polled believe schools still need to invest in the right equipment to be ready for online teaching and learning, and 56 percent believe a combination of traditional and online classes is the best for students in the current climate. The survey found that 81 percent of U.S. residents are happy to take a test or exam online, which suggests that the nation is comfortable with embracing online learning. However, with 44 percent admitting it’s more challenging to learn in online classes, there’s certainly a large section of the country who’d prefer to return to traditional classrooms as soon as possible.

With the pandemic set to continue for at least the next school term, 31 percent of those surveyed think that schools should only continue online for the foreseeable future and 44 percent of respondents believe face-to-face teaching should be limited to the most necessary lectures.

For ClickMeeting’s entire report, click here.

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