With employers and employees weighing the pros and cons of remote work, how do the sentiments on each side of the business world differ? Both employers and employees reported flexible working hours as a top remote work benefit, while employers were more likely than employees to cite better work-life balance. On the other hand, avoiding the commute by working from home was a top benefit for 60.7% of employees, compared to just 38.1% of employers.
In terms of downsides, poor internet connections and a lack of office supplies were the top pain points for employers, while employees mostly struggled with missing face-to-face interactions and lack of team connection. Employees were also significantly more likely to report feeling isolated as a pain point of remote work than employers – a downside likely contributing to the growing remote work burnout throughout the pandemic.
Protection While You Work
Ready or not, many Americans are being brought back into the office. But employees returning to on-site workspaces will quickly realize it looks much different than the office environment they left. Employers and employees seem to agree policies mandating masks, the addition of hand-sanitizing stations, and restricted access to common areas are among the precautions necessary for a safer return.
At Office Depot, helping employers and their employees as they prepare for the new working environment is a top priority. The company can help with the transition back to on-site work with products and services like PPE to help stop the spread of germs, signage to help encourage social distancing, cleaning supplies to disinfect workspaces, workspace design and more. For those with remote or distributed workforces, Office Depot offers other essentials including technology and collaboration tools as well as furniture to help with employee productivity and efficiency.
Methodology and Limitations
For this study, we surveyed 1,016 professionals via Amazon Mechanical Turk. To qualify for the survey, respondents had to indicate that they'd switched from working in-office to working from home at some point since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Of the 1,016 professionals polled, 504 were employees, and 512 identified as managers or company decision-makers. An attention-check question was used to identify and disqualify respondents who failed to read questions and answers in their entirety. The main limitation of this study is the reliance on self-report, which is faced with several issues such as, but not limited to, attribution, exaggeration, recency bias, and telescoping. This survey ran during August 2020.
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