Will Working from Home Become a Permanent Practice?

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Even when things stabilize, not everyone may return to the office.

For as long as we’ve all been working from home due to the pandemic, there’s been an assumption that, when things finally calm down, everyone will return to the office like nothing happened. However, as many businesses have only recently been forced to accommodate working from home, a lot of employees have never actually had the experience of working from home prior. According to some new statistics, some of those employees have realized that working from home is lot better for their health.

According to a survey conducted by CNBC and SurveyMonkey, remote workers have been reporting generally higher job satisfaction compared to those who still go into a physical workplace, scoring a 75 out of 100 on the Workplace Happiness scale. According to statistics, people who can work from home are more likely to work full-time, tend to have a higher income, and work in industries with high job satisfaction.

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Of course, there’s an obvious caveat to those statistics: working from home is not something all industries can permit. Modern, tech-heavy industries can do it because it’s built into their infrastructure, but essential jobs like grocery store employees and medical workers can’t go remote. To put these statistics in a bit more of a stark contrast, the three factors that influence work satisfaction while working from home are job status, income, and industry.

Those in industries that are equipped for and permit remote working report at least 57% job satisfaction, 81% pay satisfaction, and 66% satisfaction with career advancement opportunities. While there are definitely factors that haven’t been taken into account here, such as living situation and family size, the numbers are intriguing. A lot of large companies that went remote due to the pandemic have been mulling a near-total conversion to remote work. We’ll just have to wait and see what the make-up of the market looks like when social distancing becomes less of a concern.

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