Illustration: Ashley Siebels
For office-bound workers chained to their desk, working from home sounds like a faraway dream. And for the majority of people working some of their hours from home, it can feel like one.
In a new Porch survey of over 1,000 workers who either worked remotely full-time, partly remotely, or full-time in an office, the option to work from home gave people more autonomy over their day, according to their responses. Full-time remote workers were more likely to feel valued by their bosses than their office-only counterparts, and overall, were more likely to be satisfied with the job than full-time office workers.
WFH life means more agency and autonomy over your day
For those thinking about making the switch, take it from people who do it all the time. Here were the top answers given about the perks of working from home:
1) No commute
2) I have a more flexible schedule
3) Less supervision
4) Fewer interruptions
5) I can do other things while working
6) I am autonomous
7) I can better focus on my work
8) No workplace drama
9) More sleep
10) I don’t have to get dressed in the morning
11) No small talk with coworkers
More than half — 59.4% — of employees said that losing their commute was their best remote perk. For those of us braving nightmare commutes that suck time and energy out of our days, this sentiment may resonate. When you have the power to set the tone for how you start your day, you regain more control of how you can do your work and feel about it. You can even do it unwashed in your pajamas. Work-from-home employees said they were less likely to brush their teeth and shower than full-time office workers.
This flexibility also comes with more agency on where you can work. When you work from home, you do not have to deal with distracting coworkers next to you. The downside of no annoying coworkers? The lack of collegial camaraderie. More than half of remote employees said they felt lonely throughout the day.
There is a middle ground that could be a more satisfying option overall. Participants who split their time between home and the office reported higher work-life balance and family life satisfaction than full-time remote and office workers, suggesting that the flexibility to go into the office for some face time still holds appeal.