Jul 29, 2021 - Economy

Stat of the day: 38% of remote workers work from bed

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Forget the home office — 45% of American teleworkers regularly work from a couch, 38% regularly work from bed and 20% often work outside, according to a study by the home improvement marketing firm CraftJack.

Why it matters: Home offices are a luxury.

  • While some workers have been able to spend hundreds — or even thousands — of dollars setting up work stations in their homes, others have struggled through the pandemic.
  • Many remote workers, especially those living in cities, have been working in shared spaces with roommates or family members and working without desks.
  • While a thriving sector for outfitting remote workers has sprung up, and tech companies like Dropbox are offering lavish WFH stipends, most employees aren't so lucky.

By the numbers: People have spent an average of $268 trying to improve their remote work setups, but a whopping 50% still say the pain and discomfort of working from home is enough to send them back to the office.

The bottom line: It's not enough for companies to provide stipends for teleworkers to buy ergonomic chairs or desks, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva notes. Many people simply do not have the space allocated inside their homes for an office setup, and it can be too expensive to move to a bigger place.

Methodology: CraftJack surveyed 1,520 Americans who worked entirely or primarily from home between June 16 – 25, 2021.

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