Inspired by our curiosity about the context of what a return to on-site work may feel like, we asked 36,242 professionals in Canada to share their current experiences and emotions about the future. We received 1,535 responses.
Questions 4, 5 and 6 of the survey all surround the topic of working from home. Take a look at the results…
*For this question we are reporting on the 1,322 who worked mostly ON-SITE prior to COVID-19. Those already working from home more commonly were not considered because they had preconceived emotions and the necessary arrangements to do so effectively (11 people skipped the question).
“Being content” can mean many different things to different people – including the notion of being comfortable and satisfied, or the notion of being bored and neutral. This particular response may not be very telling in that 70% of people are content so it’s difficult to interpret that stat as being good or bad.
For example, if someone asked how content you are in your job, and you said 7 out of 10 – to most, that would be considered low. Except that being content working from home full time under COVID-19 considerations, a 7 on 10 could be a good thing at this time. It’s hard to compare “working from home in a normal world/circumstances” versus “working from home during isolation and health fears”.
Note that the average level of contentment was the same for both males and females (69%) and there was very little difference across the ages groups (ranging from 66-69%).
It’s interesting that 43% of people have a home office; note that a majority of our survey was sent to business managers, office employees, and HR professionals who would be more likely to live in a house with a space for a home office.
For those working in their bed or on their couch, we wondered about proper ergonomics, hoping that these individuals are avoiding back pain and wrist injury (read our Tips for Ergonomics at Home).
An interesting gender-based observation was that women are more likely to work from the kitchen/dining room table (30% female vs. 20% male); whereas men are more likely to work from the home office (51% male vs. 39% female)
What we wished we had asked as a follow-up question: do the 29% of people working in the kitchen or at their kitchen island snack more. Who isn’t tempted by their fridge!
The analysis of this question is difficult without knowing more about the pre-COVID state of communication.
For our company, many team members reported improved communication with their manager or leader, a result of more purposeful and scheduled contact. We’re reminding ourselves to communicate more often, we’re increasing cross-office connections, and we’re sharing more global company content (read our Tips for Hosting an Effective Virtual Meeting).