A recent satirical piece in the New Yorker played the stereotypical remote worker for laughs — disheveled, disoriented, starved for human contact, still in his pajamas after who-knows-how-many-days. Unproductive, he calls 911 for help. While it’s hilarious — and for those who work from home, there’s certainly a few grains of truth buried within — new research from Future Workplace and Polycom might finally put to rest the perception that remote workers are lazy, anti-social and unproductive.
The report, The Human Face of Remote Working, polled 25,234 employees across 12 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Japan, the UK, India, Singapore, Germany, Russia, France, Australia and China. Of the respondents, 55 percent held managerial or higher job titles; 58 percent are responsible for care in some capacity and 68 percent are parents. The study found that despite the remote working stigma of laziness and isolation, remote workers are more empathetic, desire human connection and pick up the phone more than their in-office counterparts.