15 Workers Share If They Really Like Working from Home (or Not…)

The ongoing debate about remote work versus office work has never been more relevant. One question stands out as we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of work arrangements:

Do people genuinely prefer working from home? To unravel this enigma, we turn to the experiences and perspectives of individuals who have had firsthand encounters with the remote work revolution.

1. The Office Dilemma: Burnout vs. Boredom

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“Hear me out. When I was in the office 5 days a week, I was constantly burnt out and tired. I didn’t have time for housework or personal appointments and had to book annual leave to attend sports day or school events.

When my daughter was a baby, I sometimes went a few days without seeing her awake. All of this was awful. HOWEVER… My job now has no mandatory in-office days despite being advertised as a hybrid.

I sometimes go weeks without going in because no one else is there. I am bored, lonely, and under-stimulated every single day. I’ve realized the bit I enjoy about work is GOING.

Getting up, putting makeup on, grabbing a nice coffee and going in, having office banter and a pub lunch… all I see is people saying they love WFH…am I the only one?”

The pandemic has intensified work-related stress and burnout, especially among human services employees, first responders, and educators. The World Health Organization describes burnout as a syndrome from unmanaged workplace stress, characterized by exhaustion, cynicism towards one’s job, and reduced professional efficacy.

In 2021, 79% ¹ of American workers reported experiencing work-related stress in the previous month. This stress manifested in various ways: 44% reported physical fatigue (a 38% increase since 2019), 36% experienced cognitive weariness, and 32% felt emotional exhaustion.

Professions like teaching and healthcare are particularly vulnerable. The pandemic has further strained these roles, with issues like the politicization of health measures contributing to increased cynicism.

To combat this, experts emphasize the need for workplace balance and flexibility, with some organizations already implementing supportive measures for employee well-being.

2. Not Having To Commute To Work Is Worth It

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“I would never consider any job that requires any time in the office unless it’s to show my face once every few months. After working from home since 2013, I just couldn’t face it.

Office banter and all the rest sounds OK, but not having to travel to work on cold dark mornings and that extra 45 minutes of sleep in the morning is worth its weight in gold for me.”

Commuting is a significant aspect of many Americans’ daily lives. On average, Americans spend 27.6 minutes on a one-way commute, with the total daily commute time averaging 55 minutes ². This means that annually, Americans spend over 333 hours, or nearly two weeks, just commuting.

The impact of commuting varies by location; for instance, New Yorkers face an average commute of 33.4 minutes, while South Dakotans spend only 16.6 minutes. The mode of transportation also plays a role. While the average car commute is 25 minutes one-way, public transportation, such as buses and subways, can take up to 45 and 47 minutes respectively.

The shift to remote work during the pandemic saw a decrease in commuting, with 26% of Americans still working from home in 2021. The time saved from commuting can indeed be a boon, allowing individuals to engage in personal activities, pursue hobbies, or simply rest, fostering a healthier work-life balance.

3. Hybrid Provides A Good Balance

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“I would never consider any job that requires any time in the office unless it’s to show my face once every few months. After working from home since 2013, I just couldn’t face it.

Office banter and all the rest sounds OK, but not having to travel to work on cold dark mornings and that extra 45 minutes of sleep in the morning is worth its weight in gold for me.”

The statistics reveal a fascinating trend: approximately 60% of workers desire a hybrid work model, combining the best of both worlds. This middle-ground approach is often seen as the most appealing, offering flexibility while preserving essential face-to-face interactions.

It’s a testament to the diverse preferences in today’s workforce, where one size does not fit all.

4. Working From Home Is A Blessing

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Get out of bed at 8:45 am? YES.

Go downstairs and have coffee with my SO and our puppy before work starts. YES.

Put a load of laundry on, knowing it’ll be done by lunch and I can hang it on the line? YES.

Sit in my comfy office, and set the radio to play the music I want. YES.

Attend morning meetings, make some notes, and do some work. Decide to take a break from the problem and go clean the kitchen in the meantime. YES.

Figure out the solution to the problem whilst wiping the sink down. It works. YES.

Now browsing social media on my lunch drinking a coke I didn’t have to pay £1.50 from the vending machine while my OH makes us a salad for lunch? YES.

Finish today at 3 pm just as my in-laws arrive for the weekend. Already refreshed and no need to ‘come down’ after work, shower, changes clothes etc? YES.

The enthusiasm for working from home is palpable in the quoted response. From leisurely mornings with loved ones to tackling household chores during breaks, remote work offers unparalleled convenience and personalization.

Seamlessly transitioning between work and personal life is a hallmark of this newfound workstyle.

5. Hybrid Model Is The Perfect Middle-ground

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“Personally I enjoy the hybrid model, it’s nice to get stuff done at home or not get up as early on a Monday, but for me, you can’t replace face-to-face interactions with teams calls.

There’s a lot to be said about the team building and training advantages you get in person.

It’s also nice to have a change of scenery and get out of the house. I like going in and chatting with the people in my team or around the office. It’s been discussed at work quite often and I think probably 70% of people like coming in a couple of times a week.

The other 30% are very indoor and introverted people, their hobbies are all home-based (video games mostly), they’re introverted and aren’t particularly social.”

The hybrid model emerges as an attractive option for those who appreciate the flexibility of remote work but recognize the value of in-person interactions.

Some individuals place a premium on team building, training advantages, and the social aspects of the workplace.

Striking a balance between remote and in-office work provides them with the best of both worlds.

6. 100% WFH Is Where My Heart Lies

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“Oh god, I love 100% WFH. I generally have nice colleagues but I have no idea how 2 people get to the office at 9 am when the nursery doesn’t open until 8 and it’s 45 minutes from work on a good day.”

That’s a significant source of stress eliminated daily – and it saves me money too.”

For some, the benefits of 100% remote work are crystal clear. Eliminating the daily stress of commuting and the associated costs can significantly improve one’s quality of life.

This perspective showcases how remote work alleviates common stressors and contributes to a more relaxed and cost-effective lifestyle.

7. I Don’t Miss Going To An Office

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“I do not miss going to an office – I have more time, more money.

I am not an introvert but I have friends for social stuff.”

The sentiment of not missing the office is echoed by many. More time and money are cited as the advantages of remote work, highlighting the practical benefits of the shift to a home-based work environment.

This perspective challenges the conventional wisdom that office life is essential for social interaction.

8. WFH Allows More Family Time

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“Yes. My husband works 2 jobs currently and 75 hours a week. If the 38-hour job was in an office, I would barely see him. Him being at home 5 days a week is so nice. We even get to eat lunch together, which never happened before the pandemic.”

Remote work has profoundly impacted family dynamics, offering a silver lining in the modern hustle and bustle. By eradicating the time constraints of prolonged office hours and daily commutes, it has paved the way for couples to cherish more moments together.

Notably, among those cohabiting with children, a significant 18.2% of the saved commute time is now dedicated to childcare. This aligns seamlessly with pre-pandemic data, which highlighted that on days parents work from home, both mothers and fathers spend considerably more quality time with their offspring.

This evolution in work culture underscores the potential of remote work to not only enhance work-life balance but also to deepen the familial bonds that enrich our lives.

9. I Prefer WFH 100%

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“I prefer WFH 100%. I have been doing it for over 15 years because my line manager and team are all overseas (except 1 guy based at the opposite end of the country – Northerner).

However, when I did work in an office with a full, locally-based team, it was great! However, as I have become older and less inclined to drink on weekdays and enjoy office banter, flirting, and social gatherings, I suspect I would also prefer to WFH even if my current colleagues were local.”

For some, remote work is a preference and a way of life. This perspective highlights how remote work aligns with individual choices and lifestyles.

It showcases that remote work can become preferred as individuals evolve and their priorities shift.

10. WFH Is Very Lonely

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“Personally I found WFH during lockdown very lonely and hated having to spend all day with my parents. So I quit my job for a practical apprenticeship and haven’t worked from home for 2 years.

I don’t miss it at all. Well, I miss not having to do any work and just playing World of Warcraft all day while pretending to do work lol. But no way prefer how it is at the moment and now I live in a shared house, I would hate WFH even more, being stuck in my small room all day every day.

I do get the appeal, though, if you have your own house, gives you more time to do chores, be with kids/pets, etc.”

Loneliness during remote work is a significant concern for some. The shared experience of feeling isolated, especially during lockdowns, has led some individuals to reconsider the merits of working from home.

This perspective emphasizes the importance of social interactions and office camaraderie in the workplace.

11. The Pros of WFH Outweighs the Cons

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“For me, the pros of WFH outweigh the cons, and I would hate to return to the office. However, it depends on your lifestyle too.

If you just only work at home, it does get lonely. If you travel about and go to co-working environments and meetups, it solves some of the cons of WFH but gives you the flexibility that remote jobs give you.”

The pros and cons of remote work are a subject of intense debate. While some embrace the benefits, others acknowledge the challenges.

This perspective underscores the need for flexibility and adaptability in remote work arrangements, with co-working spaces and meetups as potential solutions.

12. I Need A Hybrid Option

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“I agree with you. Working from home feels great but after a few days, I realize I need people. I need a hybrid option – I’m not built for full-time WFH!”

The desire for a hybrid work option is firmly expressed. This viewpoint recognizes that a balanced approach can cater to diverse needs and preferences.

It highlights the importance of offering flexibility in work arrangements to accommodate employees’ varying social and professional requirements.

13. Human Interaction Is Necessary For Me

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“I agree with you. Working from home feels great, but I realize I need people after a few days. I need a hybrid option – I’m not built for full-time WFH!”

The significance of human interaction in the workplace is emphasized in this quote. A study found that 34% of people working from home felt they were lonely.

Even in remote work, maintaining connections through occasional meetups and gatherings is crucial for building and nurturing professional relationships.

This perspective stresses the importance of a balanced approach incorporating remote and in-person interactions.

14. I Hate Working From Home

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“I hate working from home. I get nothing done, feel slightly depressed and isolated, and when I retire, I want to look back on being out and about meeting people and experiencing life to the full. I’m also a bit weird in that I enjoy the commute.”

Only some find remote work appealing. This perspective reveals the challenges some face when working from home, including a sense of isolation and decreased productivity.

It reinforces the idea that remote work may not be suitable for everyone and that work preferences vary widely.

15. WFH Has Had Positive Effects On My Personal Life But Worsened My Social Life

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“I get you. I like WFH for its effect on my personal life: more time, more sleep, and more choice over where to live (I’m hybrid but definitely willing to commute further for two days per week than five).

However, my work life is worse. I made lifelong-type friends at work before the pandemic because we were together all day every day, but I can’t see that happening so much now.”

The dual impact of remote work on personal and social life is explored here. While remote work has brought positive changes in private life, it has posed challenges to social interactions and relationships formed at the workplace. This perspective underscores the need for a balanced approach.

Working From Home vs. Office

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In the office, your workspace and surroundings are often beyond your control, potentially leading to disruptions from noisy colleagues or uncomfortable conditions like sitting under a cold air conditioner, negatively impacting productivity.

In contrast, remote work allows individuals to create their ideal home office, whether a standing desk or a traditional one, allowing for personalized workspaces.

This autonomy greatly enhances the work environment. Additionally, attracting and retaining top talent is a crucial goal for employers, and flexible work arrangements, as highlighted in the McKinsey study, consistently rank as a top factor for job seekers.

This underscores the significance of offering workplace flexibility to remain competitive and attractive to skilled professionals.

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