A survey of 1,000 U.S.-based full-time American workers at companies with 501-50,000 employees, found that 70 percent of those surveyed report that their experiences working from home have been better and more productive than they expected, citing more family time, no commute, fewer interruptions, and improved work-life balance. While the majority of employees reported getting work done more efficiently since transitioning to full-time remote work, more than a third (37 percent) are calling for their companies to adopt automation software to make them even more productive.
Highlights from the study include:
- Work is getting done faster at home. Sixty-seven percent of employees report being more efficient since transitioning to full-time remote work. Of those respondents, 41 percent — the largest group — said they are getting their work done in far fewer hours now per week.
- Say ‘goodbye’ to monotonous work. Software solutions are in high demand, with 39 percent of respondents saying access to software that helps them automate manual and repetitive tasks would improve their work life in 2021.
- Boomers want a raise, Zoomers want automation. Whereas Baby Boomers are more financially motivated, the new generation of workers is more process driven. Boomers feel more compensation would improve their work. Gen Zers, however, desire more technology to help them automate aspects of their work. In fact, 55 percent of Gen Z respondents listed automation software as the top thing that would make them more productive at work.
- Employees are split on the return to the office. Despite positive experiences working from home, 56 percent of employees whose companies have announced plans to return to the office are very excited by the prospect. Yet, half (50 percent) of all respondents said their work life would improve with the ability to permanently work remotely.