Working From Home Brings Its Benefits And Challenges
For many workers, what they are likely to remember most about their professional lives during the COVID-19 pandemic will be the time they spent working from home. Data from a study by ratings and reviews platform Clutch found that 66 percent of U.S. employees are working from home, at least most of the work week.
While approximately two-thirds of workers are working from home at least some of the time, Clutch found that 44 percent of all workers are spending the entire work week at home, up from 17 percent before the pandemic. Just 34 percent of workers aren’t working remotely at all during the pandemic, which is likely a reflection of those whose jobs cannot be done from home (health-care workers, grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, for example) and workers who have been laid off.
Those working from home appreciate the personal time they have gained from not having a commute. Nearly half of employees (47 percent) say no commute is a benefit of working remotely. Forty-three percent also enjoy a more flexible schedule as a result of working from home.
Collaboration difficulties are employees’ least favorite part of remote work. One-third of workers (33 percent) say it’s harder to collaborate with co-workers while working remotely. To reduce communication issues, however, many companies are turning to collaboration tools such as Zoom (36 percent), Microsoft Teams (19 percent) and Skype (17 percent). Another challenge in working remotely are frequent interruptions. More than one-quarter (27 percent) say interruptions and distractions are challenges of remote work.
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