HRE’s number of the day: remote work confidence

Here’s how many employees feel they can do their job efficiently at home during the pandemic—and what it means for HR leaders.
By: | April 22, 2020 • 2 min read


60: Percentage of employees who are confident that they can do their job efficiently while working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic

The majority of workers say they are confident they can efficiently do their job remotely if they are required to work from home indefinitely, according to a survey of nearly 1,000 adults by the Harris Poll for Glassdoor. That number is higher for younger workers: 68% of employees age 18-34 report being confident in efficiently doing their work remotely if they have to, compared to 44% of employees age 55-64.

What it means to HR leaders

The finding is the latest to indicate that remote work’s massive experiment in wake of the coronavirus pandemic may be working. Other recent research from Zapier found that 65% of workers say they are more productive now that they are working from home.

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With the majority of employees feeling confident and productive working from home, and employers seeing positive results, remote work may become a more permanent fixture in the work world, even after the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, research firm the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) recently found that more than half of 27 employers surveyed plan to expand or increase flexible work arrangements on a more permanent basis after the outbreak is contained.

Related: Will remote work continue post-pandemic?

“It only makes sense that employers are going to think long and hard about expanding flexible work arrangements and remote work options once things return to some semblance of normalcy,” says Mark McGraw, i4cp’s total rewards research analyst. “I think companies are going to see that some, maybe many, of the jobs they’ve always thought had to be done onsite could be done just about anywhere, and could be done just as well.”

Kathryn Mayer is HRE’s benefits editor and chair of the Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. She has covered benefits for the better part of a decade, and her stories have won multiple awards, including a Jesse H. Neal Award and honors from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the National Federation of Press Women. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver. She can be reached at kmayer@lrp.com.