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WFH becoming the norm as Aussies shun the commute

Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores
06 August 2020 1 minute readShare
WFH becoming the norm as Aussies shun the commute

A majority of Australians currently working from home pointed to gaining more time by avoiding the daily commute as its biggest benefit, according to a survey.

The survey of 1,000 employees who have been working from home by RobertsDay found that 72 per cent pointed to the lack of a commute as a major positive of the arrangement.

Work/life balance was the second most enjoyable aspect of working from home for nearly two-thirds (61 per cent) of respondents, while more than half (57 per cent) loved not having to dress for work.

Further, 36 per cent of respondents most enjoyed having fewer distractions in their home office environments as it enabled them to be more productive.

The survey found that older employees were most likely to enjoy working from home for this reason, with 44 per cent of over-50s citing they had less distractions and felt more productive when working from home compared with 28 per cent of employees under 30.

When employees were asked why else they enjoyed working remotely, a third (33 per cent) of respondents revealed it was being able to see more of their kids or other family members, 32 per cent admitted it was not being micro-managed, and more than a quarter (26 per cent) said it was because they had fewer meetings, and were, therefore, more productive.

“Overall, these survey results show just how much Australian workers believe they can achieve while working from home — especially if they are not spending an hour or two commuting to and from the workplace every day,” said RobertsDay co-founder and director Mike Day.

“If employers listen to what their employees most enjoy about working from home, we may see a decentralisation of much of the workforce from the cities to the metropolitan growth areas — a key reason why we should embrace the concept of living and working ‘locally’.”

WFH becoming the norm as Aussies shun the commute
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Adrian Flores
Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is the deputy editor of MyBusiness. Before that, he was the deputy editor for SMSF Adviser as well as features editor for ifa (Independent Financial Adviser), InvestorDaily, Risk Adviser, Fintech Business and Adviser Innovation.

You can email Adrian at [email protected].

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