There has been much attention as of late placed upon the concept of remote working, whereby employees are free to complete their daily tasks from the comfort of their own home, local coffee shop or just about any other public venue. The rise of such arrangements seems to directly correlate with the development of technologies and software which allow for easier access to crucial resources while out of the office, along with the increased availability of portable communication technologies. As such, it has long been believed that the increased demand for flexible working arrangements is stemming from young Millennials who are now entering the working world en masse, as these are the people who grew up with such technologies being commonplace. However, a new survey conducted by technology and software company Crucial has provided some interesting results which appear to contradict these previous assertions.

The survey of 2,000 UK office workers found that rather than driving the remote working trend, Millennials are among the most likely to display an aversion to such arrangements. To put some proper figures behind that claim, overall nearly one-third (31.4%) of respondents avoid working from home yet, surprisingly, 40% of those aged 45 and above said nothing would stop them from working from home; just 11% of Millennials (aged 18-34) were able to say the same.

The reasons given by the respondents as to why they carry this aversion are rather telling; both a lack of human interaction and an inability to access the company’s IT system emerged as the leading factors behind this school of thought, each being mentioned by 21% of surveyed workers. Following closely behind are the presence of children at home (18%), and an old-slow home computer (also 18%).

17% stated that a slow internet connection would stop them from working at home, while a separate 17% cited domestic chores. Other contributing factors include noisy neighbours (13%), noisy maintenance work (11%), a partner also working from home (10%), and being distracted by video games (8%). I would argue however that if the latter causes a major problem, it may be more to do with your own work ethic than working arrangements.

51% of respondents assert that one or more of the aforementioned factors cause them stress when attempting to work from home.

Jonathan Weech, SSD Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Crucial, said of the survey’s results, “Remote working has been shown to boost productivity and employee satisfaction, so it makes sense that more British employers are offering remote working options.

“Employers should also do their part in ensuring that there are fewer barriers to having their employees work from home, whether that is making their IT easier to access or helping to fix slow technology.”


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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