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98% of current teleworkers want to make a home office for life

March 19, 2020

People liked to work from home even before the onset of COVID-19 coronavirus disease. It's hard to imagine that change as more and more people will try this way of working in the coming weeks.

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This story originally appeared on PCMag

98% of current teleworkers want to make a home office for life98% of current teleworkers want to make a home office for life

If you are not familiar with being a remote worker (aka teleworker), those who work from home, well, you probably will soon. The effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 , before the pandemic becomes a precursor to pure dystopia, revolves around one thing: getting people out of the crowd. That means leaving (or forcing) employees to go home until things are getting better.

Many people have been working remotely for years, which is why Buffer publishes an annual report on the status of remote work (along with AngelList this time). Buffer, a 100 percent remote employee company, recently surveyed 3,500 teleworkers, most of whom they have included, to see how people feel about their remote work situations. This was all pre-coronavirus, yes.

The most important number of all is right at the top: 98 percent of respondents want to work remotely for the rest of their careers, at least sometimes. Surprisingly, that number has dropped 1 percent since 2019!

Similarly, 97 percent would recommend it to others. With COVID-19 forcing people to work from home, that number could decrease next year. But then again, people may feel like doing home office and loving it even more.

Only 57 percent of respondents actually work from home full time. The next highest percentage, around 16.5 percent, does so most of the time. The third highest group, 10 percent, does so very little, perhaps one day a week. 70 percent of them are happy with the amount of time they work at home; 19 percent would like to do more.

However, the fight is real when it comes to collaboration and loneliness. Each gets a 20 percent rating so people fight harder. Not far behind are 18 percent of remote workers who can't disconnect from work.

Where are most of the remote workers actually during the day? 80 percent are at home, as expected. Seven percent are in co-working spaces, and 3 percent are in cafeterias (27 percent list cafeterias as a primary secondary location, when needed). And even those who are primarily telecommuters spend about 9 percent of their time going to the office.

The following is the position that respondents' employers take in allowing people to work from home. This is a picture that is sure to change a lot in the coming year, as the world lives (and hopefully fully recovers) from this coronavirus. But only 30 percent of respondents worked for a company that allows everyone to work remotely. Most, 43 percent, had divided teams; 15 percent had permission to work at home as needed. 2021 will probably look very different.

There's much more to this report, including deep dives in some of the answers. For example, why wouldn't 3 percent of remote workers recommend it to others? The answers are interesting, and you should read them all in the full report in Buffer . Now go wash your hands.

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