And in the 26 to 45 age group – the group with children living at home – more than half want the right to work from home in a new job.
Shopping or walking the dog
There is also a desire to change that with a new job among the group of people who cannot or are not allowed to work from home due to their position or sector. Of this group, who may not know how appropriate it is to walk a dog or go shopping during work hours, 19% are taking this into consideration as they search for a new job.
“When I look at job postings on LinkedIn, which I do sometimes for fun, and there’s nothing about a work-from-home space, I don’t look any further,” says 42-year-old Daniel Camp, a member of RTL News. painting. “Then I didn’t find it interesting anymore.”
“Then, in my view, the company shows that it does not trust its employees,” continues the 42-year-old Fuijfilm employee. He confirms that he is not seriously looking for a new job, even because he is suffering from exhaustion at home.
For panelist Elwyn Tweet (pictured right), working from home as a job requirement is also of great importance when choosing new assignments. “Five days in the office? That’s a sign to me that they’re old-fashioned, that they don’t get it,” says the self-employed person, who currently works for the Amsterdam municipality. “Then I don’t have a good feeling about the company.”
He believes it is normal to regularly work from home, especially in the IT sector. “Precisely because this can benefit employee happiness on the team and thus team dynamics.”
Less traffic jams and lower carbon dioxide emissions
The benefits of working from home are nearly endless, Camp says. “If everyone worked from home for two days, traffic jams would decrease,” he begins. “If we move on climate: it will make a big difference to carbon dioxide emissions.”
“And let’s not forget: the money. We’re not really happy with the mileage allowance either, so why go to work if you can also work from home?” “It is also a saving for the company.”
Although three-quarters of respondents are positive about working from home, it also causes friction. The fewer people work from home, the more annoying they get when their colleague does it too often.
In the group of people who almost never work from home, 42% find it annoying that their colleagues do so often. In the group that mostly works from home, only 4% feel annoyed by other workers at home.
The same kind of trend can be seen in how people think about productive work from home. Among people who rarely work from home, a third believe it is less productive. Among those who mostly work from home, only 6% believe that a home worker works less hard than in the office.
With these results it should be noted that it is not entirely clear what is the cause and what is the effect. It is of course also possible that those who work from home less often do so because they have a negative attitude towards it, and therefore find it annoying when others do.
Working from home is the most normal thing in the world, according to Tweet and Camp. “Let’s say you’re allowed to work from home for two days, and then three days in the office. That’s enough human contact,” says Camp. According to him, this connection will happen anyway. “Because humans are just companion animals.”
This can also be done online, Tuite adds. “Sometimes it takes a little more effort.” Organizing a drink online, for example. “It’s easier to go to the pub together on a Thursday afternoon,” he says.
The survey was conducted from 19 to 24 October 2023, among more than 17,000 members of the RTL News panel. After weighting, it represents five variables: age, gender, education, employment, and political preference. The RTL News Committee has approximately 38,000 members.
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