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Working at Home for a Year—Here’s What a Recent Survey Found

Evolve IP, an international service provider of Work Anywhere solutions revealed the results of a survey taken by 538 business professionals working from home.

The survey from February of 2021 found:

Working from home makes employees less likely to look for a new job.

Although 44% said working remotely opened up new job opportunities for them, 60.5% say they are less likely to look for a new job. 14% indicated working from home made them more likely to look. 6% think remote working puts their job at risk.

Over half of businesses expect employees will work remotely the majority of the time post-pandemic.

55% of C-Suite executives expect that their employees will work remotely, even after the pandemic subsides. 64.5% of responders said they wanted to work from home the majority of the time once the pandemic ends.

Working from home makes employees more productive – much more so than many business leaders think.

75% of employees say they are more effective at home, averaging a 31% increase in productivity. Business leaders generally agree but are less convinced about the level of improvement. 34% of C-Suite executives say their employees are more productive at home while 42% aren’t sure or estimate no change.

Employees are happy with their work from home technology but believe integration (unifying communications, collaboration, virtual desktops etc.), will make them more productive and secure.

66.5% of employees say they would be more productive and 59% believe their work habits would be more secure. IT professionals agree – 60% and 56.5% respectively.

Most businesses aren’t planning any major adjustments to salaries or compensation due to work from home.

13% of employees say working from home has positively increased their compensation due to lower work-related expenses such as decreases in commuting, lunches, and work apparel costs.

“Businesses did a great job putting together a variety of solutions when the pandemic hit to ensure their employees could function reasonably at home,” said Scott Kinka, Chief Innovation Officer for Evolve IP. “Now, as we see in the survey results, businesses are looking at a way to make these solutions sustainable for the long-term as both executives and employees see the value in a workforce that can be remote the majority of the time.

538 respondents answered questions about their remote work experience via SurveyMonkey in February 2021. Respondents were employed at a broad base of businesses with 38% coming from small businesses (less than 100 employees), 50% coming from mid-market and small enterprise firms (100 – 4,999 employees), and 12% responding from large enterprises (5,000+ employees).

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