Workers are spending their own money to make working from home more comfortable
Workers seem to be so eager to work from the confines of their own homes that they are actually spending their own money to optimize their experience. More than half (55%) of workers valued a dedicated home office space so much they – at least in part – even purchased a new house because they needed a better home office, reported Office Depot.
Thirty percent, meanwhile, claimed to have “remodeled” their workspace at least three times since they first started working from home.
The average remote worker has spent about $1,700 of their own money on equipment or tools to work more comfortably from home.
Thirty-five percent said that if they had to use the same home office setup they had when they first started working remotely, they would not even be able to do their job today.
“Working from home has evolved from makeshift workspaces using countertops and barstools to more thought-out home office setups that rival even the best corporate office spaces,” said Kevin Moffitt, executive vice president of The ODP Corporation and president of Office Depot.
“We want to continue to help our customers make their workspaces work best for them. These survey results are a helpful way to learn more about their preferences and pain points, so we can continue to identify new solutions to help them be successful.”
Recently, British Columbia started allowing public service employees to work from home when possible. The government is also opening government jobs to qualified candidates, wherever they may reside in the province.