More than half of our respondents say they are more productive when they work remotely, which could be due, in part, to the fact that many remote workers (58 percent) are able to work from home.
That said, not everyone feels great when they work off-site. Although over a third of employees surveyed seem to feel remote environments are more relaxing, 30 percent say they experience increased stress while working remotely. Still, 71 percent say the number of distractions either stays the same or decreases.
Among some of the other challenges faced by the telecommuting workforce is the propensity to work more hours in a day. Just over 29 percent say this is their top challenge. Nearly the same percentage of respondents say people assuming they aren’t actually working while they work remotely is a major challenge, and over 26 percent cite motivation as their biggest challenge. Other big challenges for remote workers include disconnecting from work, loneliness, and bad internet connections. On the other side, some employees stated one issue with remote work was being able to track employees time worked. While trust is a huge factor when working remote, they want to ensure their employees are working within the standard hours.
As we mentioned, avoiding the commute to work is the biggest benefit noted by remote workers (45.8 percent say this is the main benefit of remote work). Having control over their schedules, not having to get ready for work, and the ability to sleep longer are also benefits.
Meanwhile, 27.6 percent of respondents say having the ability to look after their kids is a benefit of working from home, while just over 22 percent say watching their pets is an important benefit. When asked how they feel about remote work, the majority of remote workers gave it either four or five stars.
How important is remote work to those who have the privilege of working remotely? Turns out it’s important, but not quite as important as getting a raise, a promotion, or better benefits. Here’s a breakdown of what remote workers would require in order to work at an office or job site instead of wherever they please.
When asked if remote work has a positive or negative impact on various areas in a remote employee’s life, answers varied. Overall, the ability to work remotely seems to have a positive impact on most major areas of an employee’s life, including life goals, family, mental health, and finances.