Remote working vs office working: what makes people happier?

Research by LinkedIn found that many remote workers reported a 20% higher happiness level than in-office workers, but what is it about flexible working that makes people so happy?

Happiness in remote working

Many remote workers reported a happiness level of approximately 20% higher than in-office workers according to LinkedIn, but what is it about flexible working that makes people so happy?

Benefits of working from home

Greater flexibility and an easier to manage schedule

  • Remote working gives families more time and less stress when managing morning routines such as school runs.
  • More people have been able to prioritise their health and fitness by going to the gym before work or using their lunch break to go on a walk.
  • Some people now spend their lunch breaks or usual commuting time to do housework, so they have more time to enjoy across their evenings and weekends.

 

No need for the time-consuming commute

  • Remote working gives you the time back that would typically be spent during the often lengthy and frustrating commute.
  • Saving costs on fuel, particularly with the rising cost of living is also a big bonus. However, some companies are now offering 20% pay cuts to employees who work fully remote to counter this.

 

Can allow for more diversity and inclusivity within the workforce

  • According to BBC News, senior women are 20% more likely to apply for senior roles if they involve flexible working practices.
  • Many people of ethnic minorities have reported feeling happier working from home after previous experience with microaggressions occurring in some office environments has put them off of the idea of full-time office working.
  • Some people with mental and physical disabilities or health conditions can find it difficult to commute or spend the traditional 9-5 completely in an office. Thanks to remote and hybrid working, they now no longer need to spend as much time doing this.
Is remote working all it's cut out to be?

But is working from home as great as we think? There’s no “one size fits all” approach to hybrid working and there are also some drawbacks, such as feeling isolated or disconnected from colleagues, less chance for people at the beginning of their career to learn from others, less potential to be spotted for promotions, the separation between work and home becomes blurred, less chance to bounce ideas with co-workers and missing that in-person collaboration.

Read more about things you should consider before working from home:

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