The pandemic forced many professionals to migrate to the home office, and it seems that many liked the idea. According to a study by AIB / Amárach Research, more than 80% of Irish workers want to continue working from home after the end of the pandemic, at least for part of the week. Only 15% of the more than 1,000 respondents want to return to work in the same way as it was before.
When asked about the ideal work arrangement after things are back to normal, the preference is as follows:
- 14% would work from home every day of the week and would only go to the office if it is really necessary;
- 20% would work from home 3 or 4 days a week;
- 24% would work from home 2 or 3 days a week;
- 20% would work from home 1 or 2 days a week;
- 15% would return to work every day at the office.
The survey also showed that 88% of people believe that working remotely is better for the environment. Many workers are more willing to change habits and adopt a more sustainable lifestyle after the pandemic.
Many workers have taken advantage of their free time to dedicate themselves to activities such as cooking their own food (56%), reducing waste (53%), riding a bicycle (45%) and growing fruits, vegetables and spices (24%).
In addition, respondents say that remote work brings other benefits, such as improved quality of life (77%) and the possibility of spending more time with the family (72%).
The Irish government seems to be committed to the cause and believes that remote work will bring many benefits, such as reducing costs for companies and reducing traffic and pollution. The trend can also benefit rural communities, as many workers can live far from large urban centers.
A public consultation is being carried out to determine rules and standards for remote working in Ireland. Anyone can contribute until August 7th. Participate!