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Working From Home Is the New Must-Have Benefit Employees Are Seeking, Prodoscore Research Confirms

A Hefty Majority Say Remote Work Makes Them Happier vs. Working in the Office

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–While business leaders debate the pros and cons of remote work, employees are clear: they want to hold on to their ability to work from home. According to a new third-party survey from Prodoscore, the leader in employee visibility and productivity intelligence software, the overwhelming majority of Americans (82.3%) are happier working remotely vs. working in the office.

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But there are challenges. One that looms large for remote workers is the “fear of missing out,” a consequence of not being physically present in the office, where employees can be seen working diligently by upper management. Nearly a third of Americans surveyed (32.7%) said they are experiencing paranoia due to working remotely. Of those that are feeling paranoid:

  • 71.5% said it has impacted their productivity at work
  • 48.8% said they think they’re missing out on important conversations
  • 48.8% said they feel like they’re replaceable
  • 40.1% said it’s due to the inability to understand tone through virtual messaging
  • 19.8% were concerned other employees were talking behind their (virtual) backs

“Survey after survey, ours included, confirms that at the very least employees want a hybrid work option,” said David Powell, President of Prodoscore, “We are faced with massive resignations and retirements. Millions of jobs are not getting filled. It is critical that we rethink how we define our workplaces, so that our employees are not paranoid, are able to be their most productive, and don’t want to quit.”

A Dedicated Home Workspace Makes All the Difference

Managers can foster productivity and a positive WFH experience by ensuring their teams have a designated, well-equipped home workspace.

Prodoscore’s research shows that nearly all remote workers (93%) believe having a dedicated home office makes WFH more enjoyable and boosts productivity. For many employees, this perception comes from firsthand knowledge: almost two-thirds (65.2%) of Americans surveyed who work from home have a designated home office.

Who’s going to bear the cost to equip the home office? Two-thirds of employees (66.4%) expect their employers to provide them with tools for success, whether that’s the necessary technology or the ergonomically correct chair and desk.

  • Expectations vary widely between generations. Those between the ages of 18 and 39 are more likely to expect their employer to outfit their workspace (77.5%), compared with Americans between 55 and 65 and above (48%).

Early in the remote worker phenomenon, there was speculation that employees would move to less expensive locales or even far-flung locations, given the opportunity. But that has not proved to be the case. Our research shows that remote workers are staying put, with only a small percentage (11.8%) moving out of the city where their office is located. Of those who moved, 44.8% reported it was somewhere with a lower cost of living.

The Younger the Children, the More Difficult WFH Becomes

Highlighting the critical need for a dedicated workspace is the reality that more than two-thirds of working parents (69.5%) had their children at home with them. The level of difficulty reported was directly proportional to the age of the respondent’s children.

  • Not surprisingly, the younger the age of the children, the harder WFH is for parents: nearly two-thirds (60%) of parents of children between newborn and 2 years say that having kids at home made it difficult to work remotely.
  • For employees between the ages of 25 and 39, more than half (58.9%) reported WFH with young children was challenging. This cohort had more children under the age of 12 than any other group.
  • Across generations, less than half ( 41% ) said it was difficult having a child at home while working remotely.

“This research demonstrates that while working from home is preferred over commuting to an office daily, it is not without its challenges,” Powell said. “For parents of young children, whether they work at home or on-site, the juggle remains intact. How can upper management help? One easy fix is to ensure that our employees have a well-designed workspace, as well as access to the tools to succeed. We need to make decisions based on the reality that our success as a company is dependent on employees’ happiness and productivity.”

Methodology

In September, Prodoscore and Propeller Insights polled more than 1,000 U.S. adults working full time across demographics about working from home, the importance of dedicated workspaces and some of the challenges they are facing.

About Prodoscore

Prodoscore™ is a company dedicated to empowering teams to be more effective and productive, validated with improved performance and enhanced contributions. By providing visibility into employee activities through a single, easy-to-understand productivity score, a “prodoscore” is calculated to improve workforce productivity and streamline the employee experience. Prodoscore works seamlessly with cloud tools like Google Workspace, Office365, CRM systems, and VoIP calling platforms, allowing it to be quickly implemented and maintained. Learn more at prodoscore.com.

Contacts

Nadine M. Sarraf | CMO, Prodoscore | 213.262.2551 | nadine@prodoscore.com
Alessandra Nagy | VP, Bospar PR | 714.310.4439 | alessandra@bospar.com

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New Survey Highlights Benefits and Challenges of Remote Work

TULSA, Okla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hogan Assessments, a global leader in personality assessment and leadership development, is releasing the results from a survey of workers across the United States and Europe that identified how the COVID-19 pandemic and remote working arrangements affected productivity, engagement, relationships, communication and collaboration.

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Among the 880 respondents to the Future of Work survey, most employees feel equally, if not more, productive when working remotely. Although it is still too early to objectively determine whether employee perceptions of productivity match overall productivity at the organizational level, employees also reported that their teams are productive while working remotely.

Although the survey revealed that people find remote collaboration to be more challenging, the increased individual productivity ultimately contributes to better overall team results. However, employees are having to adapt.

“Prior to the pandemic, remote work was a privilege available to just a small portion of the overall workforce,” said Hogan Assessments CEO Scott Gregory, Ph.D. “As a result, making the shift to this new way of working has been uncharted territory for the majority of employers and employees alike. With such a dramatic shift come both benefits and challenges.”

Flexible schedules, the ability to work from anywhere, and improved work-life balance are among the benefits of remote work people appreciate the most. However, they find it challenging to maintain the same ease of communication and collaboration as before.

“Although the transition to remote work has been positively received by a large portion of the survey respondents, they also reported that remote collaboration has proven to be more difficult than when they were in a face-to-face setting,” said Gregory. “To mitigate this, managers should develop a proactive communication plan with the tools necessary to foster collaboration in this new working environment and encourage intentional, effective and efficient communication at all levels of the organization.”

From an engagement standpoint, individuals who felt supported by their managers also reported greater levels of engagement within their organizations. This suggests that employers should regularly communicate with their employees to ensure they have everything necessary for their projects and strive to align their duties with their overall career motivations.

Interestingly, 54% of respondents reported that the shift to remote work has not made it more difficult to maintain professional relationships with key stakeholders, while 46% report the opposite. This could largely be attributed to differences in personalities, which is something managers should consider when trying to understand the needs of their employees.

“While companies can and should focus on proactive communication plans, collaboration opportunities, and support from managers, they shouldn’t miss the importance of understanding the individual personality differences that influence success in remote work,” said Gregory. “Creating self-awareness and providing tools and resources for development for those who struggle will help your organization survive the changes in this working landscape.”

Most respondents also reported that their organizations did not encourage them to work remotely before the pandemic. However, having worked remotely for an extended amount of time, 87% of employees want the option to work remotely at least part-time for the rest of their careers, with only 13% wanting to be in the office every day and 14% wanting fully remote schedules. These numbers suggest that employers should prepare for significant turnover if they require employees to return to the office on a full-time basis.

“The world of work as we previously knew it is a thing of the past,” said Gregory. “With remote work becoming more and more prevalent, it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere in the foreseeable future. What was once seen as a perk is now viewed by the majority of the workforce as a necessity. Organizations need to be mindful of this to remain competitive when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent.”

Click here to download the Future of Work survey results.

About Hogan Assessments

The international leader in personality insights, Hogan Assessments produces valid, reliable personality assessments grounded in decades’ worth of research. More than 75% of the Fortune 500 use Hogan’s talent acquisition and development solutions to hire the right people without bias, boost productivity, reduce turnover, and promote diversity and inclusion.

For more information, visit www.hoganassessments.com.

Contacts

Blake Loepp

918-978-6475

bloepp@hoganassessments.com