A remote working survey, conducted by business communications provider Network Telecom, which is part of Enreach, has suggested that remote working will continue long after the lockdown has ended.
With 67% of respondents currently working remotely, the survey looked at what people have found difficult about working from home and how employees expect to work in the future
Despite businesses rushing to get set up remotely, 59.7% of the respondents admitted that they hadn’t found remote working difficult, instead stating that they would be happy to work remotely on a more permanent basis.
However, those that did struggle to work remotely said that it was mostly due to not being used to it (15.74%) and not having an appropriate space to work (9.79%). As a result, 38.79% of respondents said that they had to buy additional equipment, such as extra screens, in order to effectively work from home.
The standout disadvantage of remote working is that respondents are missing their face-to-face connection with colleagues, something that could be counteracted with regular video calls.
A staggering 74.3% of those asked said it was quick and easy to get set up for remote working. They listed the main benefits as;
- Spending more time with their family (28.61%)
- Being more flexible with work hours (49.51%)
- Believing remote working was better for the environment (42.23%)
- Felt like they were able to work more independently (29.61%)
- Reduced travel time (61.65%)
Overwhelmingly, 82.23% answered ‘yes’ or ‘maybe’ when asked if they expected to continue with remote working post lockdown, indicating that the business landscape may have changed for good
Speaking of the survey results, Network Telecom CEO Duncan Ward said; “Two thirds of participants in the survey have been working remotely and it’s fantastic to hear that the majority of them have had very little difficulty in transitioning to a remote setup. With video conferencing software and cloud phone systems more popular than ever, businesses that have adopted the latest technology can choose how and where their workforces operate. Flexible working is simple with the right solutions in place.”
You can read the full results of the survey here.