More than 95% of people say they want some form of remote working to stay

By Brian Dillon

May 18, 2021 at 12:06pm

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A survey has revealed that more than 95% of people would like to continue with remote working.

The switch from spending five days in the office to sudden remote working was somewhat of an intense one. Suddenly, our day-to-day and week-to-week lives appeared as polar opposite to what they were before.

With many people having now done over a year of working from home full-time, it's an interesting time to consider how remote working might play a part in the future of corporate life.

A study carried out by NUI Galway has revealed that among those who are able to work from home, 95% were in favour of some form of remote work staying in place, even after the pandemic.

The survey also found that employees like the idea of continued remote working more than employers and managers. 44% of managers said it was more difficult to manage their team remotely, while 12% of managers said that it negatively impacted productivity.

53% of people surveyed said that they would like to work remotely several times a week. Meanwhile, 32% said they would like to work fully remotely and one in ten said that they would like to work from home several times a month.

It also revealed that one in ten people have relocated or moved house since they began working remotely as working from home gave them more options and freedom to do so. Almost one in five said they would consider relocating based on their experience during the pandemic.

However, more than 50% of those surveyed said that they work more hours when not in the office.

A similar survey was carried out last year which saw 83% of people saying they would like this kind of working to continue, which has now climbed to over 95%.

The survey was led by the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission.

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