Research: for 54% of remote workers, recognition of their work is important


Qatalog and GitLab conducted a study called “Killing Time at Work”. It touched on digital presenteeism, asynchronous privileges, as well as changing the habits of mental workers with the transition to a remote format. Full results are presented on the Qatalog website.

2,000 people took part in the study, and one half of these people were from the United States, and the other half were from Great Britain. The respondents were mostly mental workers, i.e. those who work from home, office, co-working space or a combination, while using a computer or laptop for more than 50% of the working time. The results showed the following picture:

  • 54% of workers try to show that they are online at a certain time of day. This is because of their anxiety that their work will not be counted. People are also worried that colleagues in the company will think that they are doing nothing.
  • Employees spend an additional 67 minutes a day demonstrating to colleagues and managers that they are online and working.
  • The average worker receives messages from six apps, and 73% of the total population responds to these messages during non-working hours.
  • 81% believe they are more productive and produce high-quality products when they are given more flexibility in their work tasks.
  • 66% of respondents said that they would quit if they were restricted in choosing a more flexible and convenient schedule. At the same time, 43% are ready to receive less if it gives them more flexibility in choosing their work schedule.
  • In many companies, management enjoys the “asynchronous privilege,” that is, the ability to work on their own schedule. Moreover, the conditions themselves are provided only by a third (24%) of managers, and even a quarter of developers, analysts and junior employees.

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