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What we’re really doing when we ‘work’ from home
Are Americans working hard, or hardly working? When it comes to working from home, it seems that the latter could be true.
New research from Compare the Market has revealed we’re guilty of a few unprofessional habits when we think nobody is watching.
Almost a quarter of Americans (23.2%) have taken longer breaks or worked fewer hours than they’re supposed to while working from home (WFH), without their employer knowing. Other highlights include:
• Almost one in three (30.8%) admitted to sleeping while on the clock, with 18-24-year-olds the worst culprits.
• Almost one in ten (9.5%) had confessed to sexual activity while they were supposed to be working.
• Other common distractions from behind the computer screen include watching television (28.2%), working on a side hustle (16.6%), or leaving the house entirely (15.7%).
• American females were more likely than males to work from a space other than their usual desk, with 50.1% of females admitting to doing so compared to just 37.7% of males.
• More than a quarter (29.6%) had tried working in bed, with as many as 62% of those aged 18-24 trying it at some stage.
You can find the full study here with media assets including graphics and commentary on the research.