Work-related stress is not uncommon as most of us know, unfortunately. All jobs have pressure at times, whether it’s based on the particular project you’re working on or a particularly stressful time of year for different industries and businesses. But what about remote workers? Do they experience stress as much as on-site workers? Airtasker took a closer look in a study they conducted that focused on remote work stress. Here’s what they found.
Do Time and Cost Savings Outweigh Remote Work Stress?
Working remotely is often touted as the ultimate in flexible work arrangements, not only for the comfort of working from your own personal space, but also because of the time- and cost-savings. As remote work has become more of a standard practice, the benefits to businesses have also become more widely known. Studies have determined remote workers are more productive and happier in their positions longer, thus leading to better employee retention. However, remote work stress is leaving employees and contractors with the question “Is it worth it?”
Savings in Time and Money
Recently, the trusted outsourcing community platform, Airtasker, conducted its own survey to determine what the remote work lifestyle entailed as compared to the on-site office worker lifestyle. They surveyed just over 1,000 full-time professionals, half of whom worked remotely. The goal was to learn whether those surveyed thought remote work was the better way to work. The results of their survey offered some surprises in a few areas. In other areas, results confirmed the preconceived notions about what it’s like to work remotely.
The survey covered the impact of no commute on remote employees first. It found that remote workers experience substantial savings of both time and money. Not only did remote workers report saving $4,500 a year on fuel expenses alone, they also saved 408 hours per year—a full 17 days! Imagine getting 17 days back every year to spend however you wanted. In addition, 1 in 4 survey respondents reported that they quit a job sometime during their career simply because of the long commute associated with that job.
Productivity and Work-Life Balance
Another one of the big differences between remote and on-site workers was their productivity. The survey respondents who worked remotely reported working 1.4 days more every month—totaling up to 16.8 more days every year!
One of the more surprising results of the survey was that remote employees reported experiencing less work-life balance—not more. At least 29% of the remote workers said they were struggling with work-life balance, whereas only 23% of office employees reported the same. As many remote workers learn, working in the same space that you live can often blur the lines between work and family life. Sometimes you have to work harder at putting boundaries in place to divide the two areas of their life.
Remote Work Stress and Activity
Some other notable results from the Airtasker remote work survey:
- Remote workers exercised 25 minutes more each week than their in-office counterparts.
- Office-based professionals spent twice as much time talking about non-work-related topics with their co-workers than their remote counterparts.
- Anxiety and remote work stress are a real concern, with 54% reporting being overly stressed while working from home. Only 49% of on-site workers reported the same.
When it comes to working remotely, most people automatically assume the benefits far outweigh any negative aspects. However, Airtasker’s survey shows that perhaps the lifestyle of working from home doesn’t provide as much relief from the daily stressors of work as you might expect.
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