Three-quarters of home workers don’t expect to return to the office
A recent survey has found that three-quarters of the people who have been working from home since the outbreak of coronavirus last spring think they will continue to work from home even after the pandemic is over.
Around 40 percent of employees currently work from home
The survey, conducted by market research firm Telecompaper, asked 1.250 home workers in the Netherlands how they felt about their current work situation and what they expected to happen in the future. Right now, around 40 percent of workers in the Netherlands are working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 75 percent of respondents said they expected to work at least part-time from home post-coronavirus. Almost a third of those surveyed admitted to not missing anything about working in an office, whereas around half said they missed the free coffee and a third said they missed their travel allowance.
Setting up a safe and comfortable workspace at home
In spite of the expectations for the future, only a quarter of respondents said they had a healthy and comfortable set up at home, and 15 percent said they work from their dining table. ”We see that it is still difficult for people to set up a suitable workplace at home,” says Ed Achterberg, founder of Telecompaper, acknowledging the fact that many fail to create a productive and ergonomic workspace at home, and that their health suffers the consequences.