Workers happy to continue working from home

Workers happy to continue working from home

THE pandemic lockdown has had an unexpected benefit for workers – they got to work from home and a staggering 86% now want to make it permanent.

It was like a dream come true for thousands of nine to fivers when the Federal and State Governments suddenly called for instant action on pandemic and told us to bunker down for several months.

No more commuting, office politics, nosey bosses or dressing up every day. True, many of us had to arrange for the kids to do their schoolwork on the computer at 9am every day, but we had the chance to spend precious time as a family all week long – and we loved it.

This means the Aussie workplace might now change permanently, new research suggests. 

A survey of people who have been working from home during the pandemic has found that 86% want to continue doing so, at least part-time – even once their workplaces resume ‘normal’ operations.

What is more, 73% believe their employers would be open to it and 22% have already been offered a work-from-home option.

The findings come from an independent survey of a nationally representative panel of 1000 Australian employees who have been working from home – full-time or part-time – during the pandemic. It was commissioned by digital event specialist Redback Connect.

Redback Connect found that, after social restrictions are lifted, 28% of respondents want to work from home full-time and permanently, 39% want to work from home one-to-two days a week and 20% want to work from home three-to-four days a week.

Almost three-quarters of respondents believe their employer would be open to them working from home – backed by the findings that 22% say their manager has already offered such an option, while 56% say they will ask their managers to arrange the option.

We are a brave workforce, with just 14% saying they are too afraid to ask their managers to allow them to work from home and 8% have had their work-from-home request rejected by their employer.

The younger the employee, the less courage they have to ask their employer to make permanent working from home arrangements.

Almost a quarter of respondents aged 18 to 30 admit they are too afraid to ask their manager to make such arrangements, compared with 14% of 31-50s and just 6% of over-51s.

Interestingly, it also seems younger employees are less likely to have been offered a permanent working-from-home arrangement, or, if they have asked for one, it has been declined.

In fact, just 15% of respondents aged 18 to 30 have already been offered a work-from-home option, compared with 21% of employees aged 31-50, and 30% of employees older than 51.

However, it is not all one-way traffic when it comes to benefits. Business owners also have major benefits including the chance to reduce costs such as power, computers, stationary, illness and even decrease their office footprint which means less rent.

Workers are more content and achieve more at home according to surveys.

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