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Are We Going To Have A Home Working Revolution?

The Covid-19 pandemic urged many businesses to close doors and encourage their employees to work from home. Gradually more and more businesses plan to establish remote work on a more regular basis in the future. So, the question is if we are going to have a home working revolution.

According to the survey that recently conducted Accenture, a high percentage of employees feel they have the right conditions and tools for remote work, but some miss social contact. Overall, employees feel their employers have taken the right steps to protect their health and keep them well-informed.

The survey was conducted between April 2 and April 6, after many countries had implemented stay-at-home orders. More than 3,000 people in 15 countries (Australia, Brazil, China, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, the U.K., and the U.S.) across five continents were questioned in order for Accenture to draw safe conclusions.

Employees who now find themselves working from home are broadly positive about the experience. Unsurprisingly, people who had worked from home previously are more likely to feel more productive than newcomers and feel they are more professionally satisfied than they are in the office. However, most consumers feel they have the right tools to work from home and they largely enjoy it.

When employees asked, 86% of the correspondents who regularly worked from home previously answered that they have the right tools to be able to work from home, while 82% of those who never or irregularly worked from home previously said that they have the right tools to be able to work from home. Also, 83% of the employees that regularly worked from home previously answered that they enjoy remote working, while 74% of those who never or irregularly worked from home previously said that they enjoy remote working.

Furthermore, 78% of those who regularly worked from home previously answered that they have an appropriate space in their house to work from. At the same time, 74% of those who never or irregularly worked from home previously said that they have an appropriate space in their house to work from.

As far as a collaboration between colleagues is concerned, 62% of the employees that regularly worked from home previously answered that they can collaborate easily, while 69% of those who never or irregularly worked from home previously said that they can collaborate easily with their colleagues.

65% of those who regularly worked from home previously answered that they are more productive at home than they are in the office. The corresponding percentage for those who never or irregularly worked from home previously is 55%.

65% of those who regularly worked from home previously answered that they are more professionally satisfied at home than they are in the office. Also, 73% of those who never or irregularly worked from home previously answered that they miss social interaction they get from work.

58% of those regularly worked from home previously answered that they can collaborate more easily with people from other organizations and 61% of those who never or irregularly worked from home previously answered the same thing.

Lastly, 35% of those regularly worked from home previously answered that they haven’t yet established a good routine for working from home. The 56% of those who never or irregularly worked from home previously answered that they haven’t yet established a good routine for working from home.

In the future, 30% of people plan to increase the amount they work from home according to the Accenture survey. Also, 46% of people who never worked from home previously now plan to work from home more often in the future. At the same time, 57% of people plan to work from home the same amount as before the outbreak of Covid-19 and 13% of people plan to work from the homeless in the future.

It is obvious that in the short term due to changes to working standards after the outbreak of Covid-19 employees will take advantage of virtual collaboration tools to engage with the work from home talent. There will also be established policies and procedures that account for new ways of working. And, in the long term, new pools of talent will be considered, unconstrained by physical location, opening up new opportunities for CPG companies.


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Maria Gourtsilidou
Maria Gourtsilidou is Senior Editor of Research and Data Analytics at the CEOWORLD magazine. She is responsible for driving thought leadership, using data analytics to showcase the company’s products and services, and fostering knowledge sharing between CEOWORLD magazine and client organizations. She studied Public Administration (Economics Of The Public Sector) in Greece and holds a Bachelor’s in Public Administration from the Panteion University of Political & Social Studies. Follow Maria Gourtsilidou on Twitter. Write at maria-gourtsilidou@ceoworld.biz.