We have been working from home for over a year. There has been much commentary in the media on how this new working landscape has affected our mental wellbeing*. However, new findings from a report by Dynata show that working from home has in fact supported work-life balance for many, including women and those with children.
The UK data, which involved 1000 respondents, finds that female employees and those with children are the most likely to think working from home has given them more flexibility with their personal responsibilities.
Dynata, the world’s largest first-party data platform for insights, activation and measurement, surveyed over 11,000 people worldwide from 11-18th May for its report ‘New Lives in a New World’. The report looks at the changes to our working, personal and spending habits, documenting which ones are likely to return to pre-COVID behaviors and which will continue.
- Of those employed, 31% are currently working entirely remotely and a further 23% are hybrid working. Before the pandemic only 14% said they worked entirely remotely, with 61% saying they did so entirely from their workplace.
- The move to remote working has meant that Brits feel they are more productive, with 47% agreeing they are more productive working from home than in an office.
- The under 40’s agree in greater numbers that they have a much better work-life balance now than before the pandemic.
- Even with all the benefits to the work-life balance, the old way doing things has not been lost entirely. The majority of Brits in work (57%) agree that in-person meetings are much more effective than virtual meetings.
- Of those employed, 60% said they feel their income is more than enough to pay their household bills.
- Breaking these set of results down into those with children, 60% with kids aged 17 years and under said their income is more than enough to pay for housing, food, etc; this raises to 63% in the subset of those with kinds aged 12 to 17 and 62% for those with children 7 to 12.