From 30-hour workweeks to surprise days off, companies are rethinking work perks in the remote-first workplace. But are employer instincts and worker wants aligned?
As a service provider newly serving remote workers, we were curious to explore the differences between office life and working from home. We wanted to understand how employees are adapting to the new work-from-home reality and identify opportunities for employers to boost productivity, morale, and engagement.
Productivity Soars, But So Does Burnout
We were surprised to find that the majority of respondents reported high productivity. Even nine months into working remotely, 39 percent say they are more productive than ever, and 34 percent say they are getting the hang of working from home.
While many did feel more productive, only 10 percent of workers reported not feeling burned out at all. Worryingly, the majority reported significant burnout: 36 percent said they were “nearly there,” and 23 percent were already burned out.
New Perks to Fight Burnout Without Harming Productivity
Flexible Work Hours
Setting their own work hours was the most desired remote work perk for 39 percent of workers. That makes sense, as the key advantage remote work has over the office is the ability for an employee to exercise more control over their workday.
Extra Personal Days
The lines between work and home haven’t just blurred — they’ve disappeared. That may be why 27 percent of remote workers said extra personal days were their favorite perk. These days can help employees fight burnout by giving them time to rest, recharge, and indulge in some self-care.
Home Office Stipend
Creating or upgrading a home office can be a costly out-of-pocket expense, which explains why 4 percent of remote workers want a home office stipend.
It’s easy to get distracted when working from home, even in the best home office. It’s understandable, then, that 45 percent of surveyed workers said they would take advantage of day passes to work at a co-working space, hotel, or other alternative workspace.
Some intriguing insights arise when we contrast those five remote-work perks with the top office perks, which were team events , business travel , free coffee/snacks , and a flexible schedule .