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56% of Irish office workers believe they could work remotely more often

Written by Robert McHugh, on 12th Dec 2019. Posted in Ireland

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More than half (56%) of office workers believe they could work remotely more often without it negatively impacting their work. This is according to a survey carried out by Censuswide on behalf of Pure Telecom. The research polled 1,000 adults in the ROI including 401 office workers.

The survey found that almost half of those (48%) say they can’t work from home more often because their boss doesn’t allow it, while 12% say their internet isn’t reliable or fast enough to facilitate the connectivity required to work remotely.

Forty five percent of female office workers surveyed would leave their job for one that offered more remote working options, compared to 33% of men. And, age is a factor in women’s attitudes towards remote working. Some 57% of female office workers in their 30s say they would leave their current job for a more flexible one, compared to 40% of men in the same age group.

The survey found that more than half (56%) of office workers believe they could work remotely more often without it negatively impacting their work. Almost half of those (48%) say they can’t work from home more often because their boss doesn’t allow it, while 12% say their internet isn’t reliable or fast enough to facilitate the connectivity required to work remotely.

Furthermore, the research also revealed that the average office worker would be willing to take a 6% reduction in salary if it meant they could work remotely – rising to 7% for women and reducing to 5% for men. Gen Z office workers would be willing to take a 13% reduction in salary.

The average office worker spends 10.4 hours commuting each week – amounting to 511.7 hours, or just over 21 days, per office worker per year.

Commenting on the research, CEO and co-founder of Pure Telecom, Paul Connell said, "The businesses with the best talent today are the ones who ensure their employees have a healthy work/life balance. And while commute times may not seem like a lot when you look at them on a daily or weekly basis, it all adds up. Time spent commuting could instead be spent on more quality time with family, carrying out errands or going to the gym – without it impacting on an employee’s work. Today’s workers know that the technology and connectivity for effective remote working is readily available and as our research shows, businesses who don’t take advantage of it will lose out."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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