NEW YORK – Working from the comfort of your sofa can actually boost your confidence, especially when it comes to interviewing for new jobs. Seven in ten Americans think they’ve become more confident since switching to remote work, a new study finds.
In a recent survey of 2,000 Americans who worked remotely during the pandemic, seven in ten also find it easier to request more paid time off from their employer and 67% feel more comfortable asking for work schedules. flexible or support mental / physical well-being. This personal confidence is also consistent with respondents’ views of their employers.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Velocity Global, the survey also found that 73% have a new appreciation for their current job and business.
A little confidence goes a long way
The comfort of working from home seems to be the key to it all. Remote workers reported being able to send emails / instant messages instead of talking (53%), wear comfortable clothes (52%), and perform a random Google search without people looking at them (45%) as main confidence boosters. When a new job opportunity presents itself, nearly two-thirds say they’ve become more confident by asking bolder questions when interviewing for the job.
Remote workers also learn to appreciate the time they save by not traveling. The average employee has saved 252 hours over the past two years by not commuting to work every day. Eight in ten say it helped them accomplish a lot more in their day.
More time for teleworkers
Americans use this extra time to exercise (43%), complete more household chores (41%), and learn new skills such as making videos (37%). Almost half of those surveyed add that they are now more confident when cooking or cooking (48%).
Working remotely has also enabled many to strengthen their relationships with family or friends (52%), become more comfortable meeting new people (49%), and achieve a wellness goal such as losing weight (46%).
More than a quarter have even seen a New Year’s resolution end while working from home.
When asked about the biggest goal they were able to accomplish while working remotely, people said they took the time to improve their mental and physical health while also achieving career-related goals, such as “being my own boss.” And “learn how to invest in the collectibles market.”
“The pandemic has forever changed the world of work and put more power in the hands of talent,” said Sarah Fern, director of human resources at Velocity Global, in a statement. “The freedom of a more flexible schedule and location has allowed people to invest more time in their personal and professional lives. Businesses also see opportunities. The more fulfilled people are, the more productive they are at work.
Employers’ ‘standards’ are also increasing
Remote work also inspires many people to raise their employment standards. Two-thirds are now less tolerant of unsatisfactory work than they were two years ago.
In particular, respondents are less willing to put up with a toxic work environment such as bullying and discrimination (55%), the culture of “burnout” (47%), low pay (46%) and lack of growth opportunities (42%). Fortunately, two in three Americans (65%) feel fulfilled in their careers for the first time in their lives.
“Talent is a clear warning to employers: Maximize flexibility for the good of employees and businesses, or they’ll find an employer who will,” adds Fern. “I am encouraged that three in four remote workers report having a new appreciation for their current business. It means businesses are answering the call.