The McKinsey American Opportunity Survey found that 58 per cent of workers have some control over where they perform their work.
An Overview Of The Story
* Thirty-five per cent of those who have the option to work remotely have reported that they are given the green light to do so full-time.
* Another 23 per cent of people in this country are candidates for part-time work.
* Between the 15th of March and the 18th of April, Ipsos conducted an online survey in the United States to collect the responses of more than 25,000 people.
According to a poll published on Monday, the epidemic caused established workplace habits to be disrupted, which enabled more than a third of Americans to work entirely from home.
According to the American Opportunity Survey, 58 per cent of the workforce had control over the location where they carry out their responsibilities. There is an option to work from home full time for 75 per cent of remote workers, and there is an option to work from home part-time for 23 per cent of remote workers.
Even though hybrid options are available, only 13% of workers say they would prefer to work from home, according to the results of a poll.
A recent survey found that most employees who are allowed to work from home take advantage of the flexibility it affords them. An astounding 87 per cent of employees who are allowed to work from home every week take advantage of that opportunity. Even if their employer allows them to work from home five days a week, some respondents claimed that they do so even if their schedule is significantly altered.
Over 25,000 Americans participated in an Ipsos poll online from the 15th of March until the 18th of April.
Another survey found that many recent graduates want the option to work from home, and as a result, they view work-life balance as an essential quality in an employer.
According to a recent poll conducted by BestColleges, employers should demonstrate leadership by providing a diverse array of opportunities for hybrid and remote work.
Any Industry May Benefit From Working Remotely
Working from home is now a possibility in “every section of the country and sector of the economy, including traditionally branded “blue-collar” positions that could be anticipated to need on-site labour as well as “white collar” professions,” according to Mckinsey.
For example, 20% of full-time transportation/materials employees and 9% of part-time employees in the industry said they could work from home.
At least 14 per cent of full-time food preparation employees stated they could work from home at least sometime, compared to 15 per cent of part-time workers in the same industry.
Agriculture, fishing, and construction were among the other industries where a surprising proportion of employees reported being able to work from home.
Digital Transformation: There Is No Turning Back
Even though many employees were required to work from home during the gloomy days of the lockdown, the question of whether or not such a significant change in working patterns would become permanent and whether or not it would result in a reduction in the amount of work that was completed was a very open one.
This shift is becoming irreversible for several reasons, one of the primary ones being the widespread adoption of technologies that enable remote working. For example, using video conferencing in the comfort of our homes comes with various benefits and potential drawbacks. Still, despite these, it appears that we are eager to keep utilising this technology.
In addition, project management software and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) software are being implemented to optimise processes and assist with the transition to hybrid working.
There will always be benefits and drawbacks, irrespective of how you choose to organise your team or company. The findings of this survey, on the other hand, are crystal clear: if you do not provide flexible working options by the year 2022, you are doomed.
Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, employees who work from home have gained a newfound appreciation for the significance of having access to a broadband internet connection. As many workers work from home full-time, policymakers are responsible for increasing internet access so that more workers can stay connected to the office and continue to be productive. Investing in expanding broadband infrastructure makes it possible to keep economic growth at the same level while coping with the challenges of a pandemic.
The movement toward working from home will likely continue for some time to come. The advantages of increased productivity and decreased administrative costs are luring many businesses to embrace the concept of remote work. This change introduces a new set of challenges, the most significant of which is ensuring all employees have dependable access to broadband internet service. Improving the availability of broadband internet should be a top priority for policymakers if they want to see an increase in the number of people working from home.