An estimated 16 million of U.S. knowledge workers switched to remote already in March and the number is very likely to be much higher now (50−60 million?).
In fact, post-industrial service economies of the developed world allow most of us to work from home, which makes the world more resilient to any pandemic, compared to the past.
As the survey reports, for the majority of knowledge employees working from home comes with no or just moderate difficulty
. In all but few areas: healthcare, education, research and (surprisingly) customer support.
While some knowledge industry areas (like surgery or nuclear physics) require on-site presence, for the others remote work appears to be a question of adaptation and habitude. Both for an individual and for a company.
To the best of our knowledge at TimeFlip
, no profound research was made regarding adaptation time needed to switch to remote work. As a rule of thumb, it takes a human about 2 months until new behavior becomes automatic
, but this particular case is sure an opportunity for sociologists to study.
Slack study draws a very distinctive line between a rookie and veteran remote worker
, revealing feedback that is poles apart. Nearly one-third of newly remote workers say that working from home has negatively affected their productivity, while 60% of those having remote experience find it to be more productive
About a quarter of rookie remote workers are less satisfied working from home, and again 72% of veterans say that they’re more satisfied and efficient working remotely.
There is also a big discrepancy between the two in their connection with colleagues: 45% of newly remote workers complain sense of belonging suffers at home, yet 47% of veteran say it is actually better at home than in the office.