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People liked working from home even before the advent of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. It's hard to picture that changing, as more and more people get a taste for telecommuting in the coming weeks.

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This story originally appeared on PC Mag

If you're not familiar with being a remote worker (a.k.a. a telecommuter or teleworker) doing the work-from-home (WFH) thing, well, you're probably going to be soon. The effort to stop the stampeding spread of COVID-19, before the pandemic becomes a precursor to pure dystopia, revolves around one thing: getting people not to congregate. That means letting (or forcing) employees to WFH until things are looking up.

Plenty of people have been working remotely for years, and that's why Buffer puts out an annual State of Remote Work report (along with AngelList this time). Buffer—a 100-percent-remote-employee company—recently surveyed 3,500 teleworkers, the most they've ever included, to see how people feel about their remote-work situations. This was all pre-coronavirus, mind you.



The most important number of all is right there at the top: A full 98 percent of those surveyed want to work remotely for the rest of their careers, at least sometimes. Amazingly, that number is down 1 percent from 2019!

Likewise, 97 percent would recommend it to others. With COVID-19 forcing WFH on people, that number might go down next year. But then again, people might get a taste for WFH and love it all the more.

Only 57 percent of respondents actually work from home full-time. The next-highest percentage, about 16.5 percent, do it the majority of the time. The third-highest group, 10 percent, do it very little, maybe one day a week. 70 percent of them are happy with the amount of time they work at home; 19 percent would like to do it more.



The survey also asks specifically what the benefits and struggles are with remote work. The top benefit is flexibility in schedule and in location. (Why not go with your spouse on their business trip to Hawaii? You can still work all day in the hotel!)



The struggle is real, however, when it comes to collaboration and loneliness. Each gets a 20 percent rating for what people struggle with the most. Not far behind is that 18 percent of remote workers can't get unplugged from work.



Wondering where most remote workers actually are during the day? 80 percent are at home, as you'd expect. Seven percent are at co-working spaces, and 3 percent are at coffee shops (27 percent list coffee shops as a prime secondary location, when necessary). And even those who are primarily WFH spend about 9 percent of their time going to the office.

Next is the stance that respondents' employers take in letting people work from home. This is a chart that is surely going to change a lot in the next year, as the world lives through (and hopefully, recovers fully from) this coronavirus. But only 30 percent of those surveyed worked for a company that allows everyone to work remotely. The majority, 43 percent, had teams that were split—15 percent were allowed to work at home as needed. 2021 will likely look far different.



There's a lot more to this report, including deep dives into some of the answers. For example, why would 3 percent of remote workers not recommend it for others? The answers are interesting, and you should read them all in the full report at Buffer. Now go wash your hands.
 

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This approach can actually can save a lot of money for the companies. Infact the company can even share half of the employee's monthly wifi bills. It anyway around just 50-100$ anyway. It's nothing much.
The employee can save transit time, save gas costs, save headend infra at workplace. The business can have a rotating work bench place where only employees who need to come can use the places. Saves rental costs too.

Anyway too bad I can't do WFH.
 

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Journalist can do WFH easily by just using phone for interviewing, computer for writing, internet for research and sending articles to the editors. No need to be supervised as Journalist work result can be seen and checked easily.

On the mean time Teleworker work I believe need to be checked, supervised by their seniors, and recorded so they still need to stay at the office. Their performance cannot be checked if they are working from home. Unless for telemarketing that use their sales record as a way to assess their performance.
 

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Journalist can do WFH easily by just using phone for interviewing, computer for writing, internet for research and sending articles to the editors. No need to be supervised as Journalist work result can be seen and checked easily.

On the mean time Teleworker work I believe need to be checked, supervised by their seniors, and recorded so they still need to stay at the office. Their performance cannot be checked if they are working from home. Unless for telemarketing that use their sales record as a way to assess their performance.
anything that involves physical world cannot be WFH
 

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Local, state and federal government workers make the majority who are doing teleworking right now. These workers are historically 'famous' for their out of touch attitudes anyway. Good luck to them.
 

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Local, state and federal government workers make the majority who are doing teleworking right now. These workers are historically 'famous' for their out of touch attitudes anyway. Good luck to them.
the tech sector has largest WFH workforce
govt jobs are sensitive when it comes to WFH
 

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Good. More people work from home the less traffic. Electricity is cheaper the fuel in the uk, hence employees will benefit. Lets not forget train fares are very expensive.
 

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My average gas cost per month was around $500 traveling back and forth meeting clients. No I’m just using Adobe eSign, WhatsApp and Zoom.

This pandemic will allow companies for 2 Quarters to see results and could possibly turn lots of these positions permanent WFH. Could have a ripple effect as well less car sales, Dunkin Donuts/Starbucks sales down etc. I see could be wrong but long term adoption will take place, this could even cause commercial real estate to go down.

Where do I sign up?
Removing commuting from life would alot of me time for me.
Bhai you live few miles away from me just join me and get your insurance license, I been stuck at home since lol :P
 

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My average gas cost per month was around $500 traveling back and forth meeting clients. No I’m just using Adobe eSign, WhatsApp and Zoom.

This pandemic will allow companies for 2 Quarters to see results and could possibly turn lots of these positions permanent WFH. Could have a ripple effect as well less car sales, Dunkin Donuts/Starbucks sales down etc. I see could be wrong but long term adoption will take place, this could even cause commercial real estate to go down.
This pandemic just increased the WFH culture a couple of years too quick. But it was already being developed for mass adoption later next year.

Commercial real estate investment or even lease for non-critical stuff sounds like a bad idea. The big billionaires are shorting it.
 

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This pandemic just increased the WFH culture a couple of years too quick. But it was already being developed for mass adoption later next year.

Commercial real estate investment or even lease for non-critical stuff sounds like a bad idea. The big billionaires are shorting it.
True. My bet in the long term (and stable income) would probably be utilities (stock investment). Those essential services would remain the same along with telecommunication companies.

At the moment I'm trying to diversify my portfolio and add new positions.
 

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I have worked from home for the past 9 years. Sure I am an IT guy, and can do everything from home ( or anywhere else) as long as I have a good broadband connection. But I do need to point out a few things about this WFH thingy.
1. You have to be self-disciplined in your tasks and projects. Those simply cannot be late.
2. You must sign on to work at a given time every single day and be in touch with team mates, your boss and everyone else via messenger, etc.
3. You must learn to work with your team mates and do not hesitate to ask for help or reach out. Do not wait till the very last minute to inform your team mates or boss that your project is going to be late.
4. Be diligent and honest in your efforts just like you were in your office. It is not OK to take a four hour nap in the middle of the day...

You see, WFH is NOT for everyone. I am sure we all know the one slacker at the office who will only do the bare minimum required of him and that too when the boss is breathing down his neck. This person will fail miserably if he were to work from home. So too will be the guy who does not know when to "un-plug" from work and sign off at the end of the day, unless there is a rush project. This kind of person will simply "burnout" and also fail.

Lastly be prepared to drive to your office if you have a broadband failure at home!

There is more to it than meets the eye, I promise you.
 

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