In January 2022 we conducted a LinkedIn online survey to gauge the general consensus on whether professionals would prefer to be working from home, in the office or a mixture of both. This article provides a simple analysis of the results that we gathered and how that may affect future working trends.
What is working from home?
Working from home, otherwise known as remote working is when an employee is able to work from either their house, apartment, or place of residence, rather than working from the office.
What is working in the office?
Although it may seem pretty self-explanatory, working from the office in the instance of this survey is referring to working from an office environment every day of the week.
What is Hybrid working?
Hybrid working is a flexible method of working where an employee splits their work week by partly working from home as well as working in the office.
Advantages vs disadvantages of working from home
There are many advantages that an individual can gain by working from home. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a fair amount of disadvantages to contend with. Finding the right balance of working from home or in an office environment is typically key to making the most out of remote working. We have outlined some of the key advantages and disadvantages of working from home:
Advantages of working from home:
1. Flexibility and agility - With employees no longer tied to an office, they may be better placed and more willing to work flexible hours such as earlier or later in the day or even at weekends.
2. Improved employee retention - Home working can help retain employees as it enables them to fit their work around their personal life. Staff will also feel increased levels of trust from their employer, which can contribute greatly to staff loyalty.
3. Attract new talent - Home working can be offered as an incentive which will help you to attract new talent to your business.
4. Increased productivity and motivation - Working from home could allow for a quieter environment that can facilitate more focused work. As employees save time that was previously spent commuting, they can increase their output of work each week.
5. Improved staff health and wellbeing - Working from home could enable your employees to gain extra health benefits due to gaining additional sleep and spending more time with their family.
6. Financial benefits – While your employer can make savings on office space, office supplies, utility bills and other facilities, you can also do the same through saving on travel costs, lunch etc.
7. Better work/life balance – Employees are able to fit in activities and obligations around their working day, giving them more free time in the evenings and increasing their life satisfaction.
8. Less sickness absences – staff are more likely to feel happy and energised working from home and so there is less chance of their immune system being negatively impacted by burnout and commuting.