Remote workers are getting comfy working from home. So comfortable, in fact, that 75% of them plan on staying remote for forever if they could, Amerisleep found in a survey of 1,001 exclusively work-from-homers.
Some are even snuggling under the covers while they work – or don’t work. Almost half of remote workers fess up to working from their beds for an average of 11 hours a week, and almost 2 in 5 report napping for an average of 9 hours during the work week. That could be adding up – a recent study found that 53% of professionals are working from home half the week.
While many people say they’re more productive while working from home because of the decline in office distractions, that doesn’t seem to be the case here – while remote workers were 57% more likely to be satisfied with their job than those working from an office, they also said they were unproductive for almost 26% of their day (all that napping!)
Happy on their own
Many work-from-homers seem to prefer going it alone, and don’t seem to be missing the camaraderie of the office. 51.4% of remote employees said they felt left out of their company culture “never/a little of the time,” while 27.5% responded “some of the time.” 20% said they didn’t feel isolated from others, while 49.9% said they felt isolated “a little” or “some” of the time.
No commute does not equal extra sleep
Remote work doesn’t translate to extra sleep due to time saved in the absence of a commute, apparently. While 35% of American adults are not getting the recommended hours of sleep every night, 39.5% of remote workers aren’t getting enough sleep. They may want to start catching up – according to the survey, remote employees who get less than 7 hours of sleep per night were 70% more likely to be dissatisfied with their job, and 76% more likely to experience high levels of stress.
The remote lifestyle is often freeing, sometimes maddening, and often isolating. But many say the autonomy is worth it. At the end of the day, however you feel, it’s often nothing that shutting down for the night by separating your home from your office, having a cup of tea, a long walk, and a good night’s rest can’t fix.