Sorry, You’re on Mute: The Top Challenges of Working From Home

by visualcapitalist

The Top Challenges of Working From Home

The Top Work From Home Challenges

In 2020, people are using video meetings 50% more than they did before COVID-19.

According to a recent survey by Owl Labs, this shift to video conferencing has been both good and challenging—while 79% of survey respondents believe video conferencing is just as productive (if not, more productive) than in-person meetings, many of the struggles remote workers face are related to video conferencing issues:

Challenge % of Respondents
Being interrupted or talked over 62%
Background distractions from other participants 59%
Audio quality in video conferencing 57%
Staying focused 57%
Video quality in video conferencing 56%
Internet speed / connectivity 52%
Meeting setup 50%

Because of these challenges, 80% of respondents believe there should be at least one day a week with no virtual meetings.

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Working From Home is Worth the Struggle

Despite the challenges that come with remote work, 77% of respondents believe that, when COVID is over, the option to work from home would make them happier.

Why? Money could be a big factor—people are saving approximately $500 per month by working from home.

But remote workers aren’t just saving money, they’re also saving time. By working remotely, employees save an average of 40 minutes per day on their typical commute—that’s 3 hours and 20 minutes a week!

Clearly, the struggles of working from home are worth it—half of the respondents say they would not return to a job that doesn’t offer remote work after COVID-19.

»Want to learn more about how companies and employees are adjusting to WFH Life? Read our full-length article: How People and Companies Feel About Working Remotely