FlexJobs Survey Finds 51% Have Been More Productive Working From Home During COVID-19

According to a FlexJobs survey* of approximately 4,000 people who have been working remotely during the pandemic, 51 percent report they have been much more productive working from home than they were in the traditional office. 44 percent said their productivity was about the same. Only 5 percent say they have been less productive in their home office.

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Overall Views on Remote Work:

  • 65% would prefer to work remotely full-time post-pandemic, while 31% would like a combination of remote and in-office work. 4% would prefer to return to the traditional office full-time
  • Just 3% view remote work less favorably since the pandemic started. 61% say they view remote work more favorably and 35% say their views have been unchanged
  • Exactly half of people working remotely during the pandemic say their companies view remote work more favorably since the pandemic, while 21% think their views have been unchanged. Only 9% say they view it less favorably, while the remaining 20% are unsure

“As the CEO of a fully remote company for the last fourteen years, and a long-time remote work advocate, I am personally never surprised to hear that productivity has increased for workers who shifted from the traditional office to a home office,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. “It is impressive, though, that despite the myriad of distractions and stressors that have accompanied remote workers during the pandemic, productivity has not only remained steady but actually increased for the majority of them! Imagine what these workers would be capable of productivity-wise once those factors have been removed from their home office. Many companies have recognized this potential and are already committing to long-term remote arrangements. I believe the companies that refuse to do this will ultimately suffer from a talent attraction and retention perspective. The time for more permanent remote work has finally come,” said Sara Sutton, founder and CEO of FlexJobs.

Remote Job Market During COVID-19:
FlexJobs has seen a significant increase in people looking for remote and flexible jobs since the COVID-19 crisis began, as well as more companies than ever allowing remote work and hiring for remote positions. In fact, despite a slower overall job market, FlexJobs saw a 12% increase in remote job listings in August over July, and previous pandemic months saw increases as well.

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