According to a new study, the shift to telework caused by the coronavirus pandemic has increased job satisfaction for many people.
More than half of the respondents said that their job satisfaction increased during telework, according to a survey conducted by Finnish Entrepreneurs.
In September 2020, the business association commissioned a survey on telework conducted by the data and insight company Kantar TNS.
According to survey results released on Friday, one-fifth of respondents reported a decline in job satisfaction.
Of the 1,039 respondents, all worked in Finland and were 18–79 years old.
Most of the telework was done by employees working in large and small organizations, while the least telework was done by employees of municipalities or municipal companies.
The majority of respondents, 95 percent, said they work from home. Because it was possible to choose from several telecommuting jobs, 15 percent of respondents said they also worked elsewhere, such as from a vacation home.
Teleworking saves time
Respondents to the survey also said they saved time by not having to physically travel to work. 42 percent of respondents said they saved half an hour to an hour per workday, while 25 percent of respondents said they saved less than 30 minutes and another 25 percent said they saved more than an hour per day.
Nearly half of those surveyed said their ability to work independently had increased while working remotely.
Most want the opportunity for part-time work in the future
Only about 10 percent of respondents said they wanted to work remotely full-time in the future, while 39 percent of respondents said they wanted to work part-time remotely.
If the demand for working from home increases in the future, one of the biggest needs is to create an ergonomic workplace, which 38 percent of respondents said they wanted.
One in four respondents said they did not need a separate workspace or space to work, and one in five respondents said they needed better tools. Nearly a third of respondents said they do not require additional tools to work remotely.
The margin of error for this type of study is +3.1 percentage points.
Source: The Nordic Page