Study Finds Remote Workers Prioritize Well-Being Over Work


Key Takeaways

  • American remote workers prioritize well-being, allocating saved office and commute time to leisure, family, and rest.
  • A notable portion (30% occasional office visits, 15% fully remote) of American workers reclaimed 60 million hours for non-work activities due to remote work.
  • Major companies adopt hybrid work models, considering employee satisfaction and operational efficiency in shaping future work setups

Remote Work Impact on Well-being

Englewood Cliffs, NJ–A recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has revealed that American remote workers prioritize well-being over work, spending the time saved in the office and commuting on other activities such as sleeping, leisure activities, and time in solitude or with loved ones.

According to the study, as many as 30% of full-time American workers only go to the office a few times a week, and 15% are still fully remote. In mid-2020, 60% of full-timers were working remotely.

The report by CNBC finds that a total of 60 million hours (by around 15 million employees) have been reclaimed and re-directed to activities other than work, potentially worrying corporations.

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“The findings lend credence to the various reports on employees’ preferences for flexible work arrangements, given that cutting the commute enables people to spend their time on other activities, such as childcare or leisure,” the researchers at Federal Reserve Bank of New York stated in the study. 

Corporate Response and Future of Work

Over the last few months, many companies have begun calling their employees back to the office, adopting a hybrid work model (including Twitter, Apple, Microsoft, Citigroup, HSBC, and JPMorgan Chase ).

As this research shows, companies are looking to find the most efficient mode of work, where employees would be optimally motivated, and operations costs significantly reduced.

Another article by BBC delves into how the global workspace would never be the same since COVID. Remote work has been seen to be beneficial for both employees and large companies. As time passes and both parties weigh the various unknown pros and cons, the industry (corporations) will eventually have the final say about the future of remote work.

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Per the article, a study conducted on a group of 4,700 knowledge workers shows that only 12% want to return to full-time office work, and 72% want a hybrid remote-office model moving forward.

What We Think

The shift towards remote work has unmistakably altered work-life dynamics, with employees valuing well-being and flexibility over the traditional office setup. Corporations are exploring hybrid models, considering employee preferences, and operational efficiencies.

As remote work’s benefits become apparent, it’s evident that a blend of remote and office work will define the future workspace, catering to both employee well-being and corporate productivity needs.

The balance struck between these considerations will shape the landscape of work environments moving forward.


Aqil K
Aqil K
Aqil writes about travel, tourism, and covers the many aspects of the digital nomad lifestyle.


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