More Irish expect to work outside the office in the future

By: January 23, 2014
Irish model and businesswoman Aoife Cogan Irish model and businesswoman Aoife Cogan

Ireland’s mobile workforce is growing. As a nation, we like working from home and we expect our ability to work remotely (i.e. not in the office) will increase in the next few years.

Almost half (44%) of employees in Ireland work from home at least one day a month according to a new O2 survey*.

Meanwhile, 45% of workers, who currently work remotely at least one day a month, feel that over the next five years the majority of business communications will be from home or outside the office.

“Whether it is because workers are on the road, visiting clients; because they need space to think, be creative or boost their productivity; or because they would like achieve a better work-life balance, remote working is here to stay,” says Alan Brown, business director, O2.

There are downsides
A lack of direct interaction with colleagues was seen as the biggest disadvantage of working remotely. This was followed by external distractions, such as children or pets, and not having access to the right technology.

People with kids, however, promote remote working the most. 42% of those with children expect to be working more often outside the office compared to 29% of those with no children.

There are also chubby sides
While working remotely may be good for your mental health, three quarters of home workers admit to snacking more often. 12% say they snack more all the time. 30% say they eat more sometimes while 33% do so occasionally.

*Ignite Research was commissioned by O2 Ireland to carry out this survey. This was conducted through an Omnibus survey of 1,000 people age 18+. A follow up survey of 300 people who currently work from home at least one day a month was also carried out.