March 26, 2020
We hope you all are safe and comfortable in your homes as we all start to get used to our current work-from-home reality. With WFH memes beginning to flood the internet, we wanted to learn how teams really feel about their new setup, so we surveyed an audience of UX, product, and marketing professionals in the United States to hear their thoughts.
How Teams are Feeling About Working From Home 🏠
Check out what we learned:
- Not too many couch potatoes out there! With so many of us new to the work-from-home lifestyle, you might think that the couch would be a popular destination for some people who just want to work in their pajamas all day. On the contrary, only about 7% of our participants explained that they are glued to the couch, while the majority of our professionals (46%) prefer to migrate around and work from different places in their home. As one participant explained: “…I have my desk, but during the day I get bored about being there so I change to my sofa.” Source Link
- We’re staying comfortable during social distancing. Turns out, social isolation makes us feel isolated. Go figure right? However, the new work-from-home situation isn’t as difficult for our audience as you might think. Most participants (83%) expressed feelings of Comfort and Relaxation as a result of working from home, like this UX Researcher: “My home is very familiar to me with no unexpected surprises e.g. visitors, meetings, lunch with colleagues etc.” About 24% of professionals did report feelings of being unproductive, irritable, or anxious. So it’s not all roses, but we can push through it together! Source Link
- Practicing time management in the face of distractions. Time management repeatedly came up as a struggle for our participants, who are learning to do the same level of work while dealing with the common distractions you find at home. Whether it be the game console calling your name, that new Netflix series demanding a binge, or your kids begging for your undivided attention, there’s plenty of ways to lose focus in our new work environments. Staying motivated is another common issue, like this participant who clearly laid out their struggles: “Staying motivated. Avoiding interruptions from my cats.” Source Link
Social isolation and working from home presents us with new challenges, while it also gives us new opportunities to build connections with people that we didn’t expect before. Reach out to your loved ones who you haven’t had the chance to speak to, spend more time with your family at home, or simply give your favorite fur baby all the attention they could ever want. You never know how it might change your perspective!