NORTH CAROLINA – After nearly four months since corporate America packed up its desks and decided to work from home, how long will employees be living the remote lifestyle?
Companies decided to leave their office buildings to protect employees from the coronavirus.
Matt Sunbulli, the CEO and founder of Fishbowl, a company that links professionals in similar fields, conducted a survey of 17,000 employees asking them about their opinions of working from home.
“What we are most interested in recently, is now that this pandemic has gone on for 10 weeks, would employees if they had the option to continue working from home. Meaning, if your company approved, would you chose to work from home permanently?” Sunbulli said.
The survey shows that 55 percent of the workers say they’re working more hours than they did in the office, while 62 percent of working parents say they have a hard time juggling childcare.
“We also ran surveys on burnout, and understanding if professionals can really navigate that work-life divide, in the scenario where your work home becomes your office, there was a lot of discussion on that topic, professionals telling us via surveys and discussions that this line was even more blurry,” Sunbulli said.
Loneliness, time management, and digital miscommunication are some of the problems employees are facing, Sunbulli said.
“There is a lot of isolation and disconnection being felt,” he said.
Many employees find their work and personal lives mingling. Sunbulli said negotiations between couples is the key to keep the worlds apart.
“Whether it was a scenario where the male stayed at home, or the female stayed at home, now that they are both staying at home, this dynamic has to change and there has to be upfront discussions about who is responsible for everything from dishes to daycare, to more essential home responsibly,” he said.