Working hard, or hardly working? When it comes to working from home, it seems that the latter could be true – particularly for young people.
Compare the Market hates to see people waste their time or money so set out to discover what has been going on while the world has been working from home (WFH), and the research revealed that young adults might really be the laziest working generation.
The survey recorded data from 2,522 adults across America, Canada and Australia to understand what people are really getting up to behind the webcam that their employers may not know about.
Almost one in four respondents admit they have been slacking off behind their employer’s back, either by taking longer breaks while WFH or working fewer hours in general.
Almost one in three (30.8%) of all respondents in both Australia and America admit to sleeping while they are supposed to be working. A similar number of Canadians (29.3%) admit to watching television or other non-work-related content.
Australians seem to enjoy running some quick errands, as 22.6% confessed to leaving the house entirely, compared to just 16.9% of those in Canada and 15.7% in America. Meanwhile, North Americans might have a heightened appreciation for alcohol with 15.3% of Canadians and 13.7% of Americans revealing they have had a drink on the job. The figure was slightly lower in Australia at 13.3%.
Other popular activities included drug use, sexual activity, and working from inappropriate locations.
When it comes to WFH, it can be easy for employees to lie about how much work they are doing behind the camera. In each of the three countries, a decent 31-38% of respondents indicated that they always work their typical hours. Of those remaining, Canada had the highest number of slack workers, with 15.9% admitting to taking longer breaks and a further 8.8% saying they regularly start late or clock off early.
The numbers are similar for overworking in Australia – 12.1% have taken shorter breaks, and a further 9.9% have worked longer hours by clocking off late or starting earlier than usual.
While around 60% of those surveyed confirm they have one or more appropriate workspaces around their home, it seems that less-than-appropriate locations are also frequently used. In fact, nearly 35% of all respondents admitted they have worked somewhere other than their typical workspace.
The most common alternative location is the bed, which is the most popular ‘office’ for those in all three countries. As many as 29.1% of Canadians, 29.6% of Americans and 23.4% of Australians admitted to it being their favoured alternative workspace.
The bedroom is followed closely by the outdoors, where 14-17% of respondents admitted to frequently working.
Americans enjoy working in coffee shops more than any other country, with a handful of respondents indicating it was their preferred location.
Other popular workspaces include friend or family member’s houses, the bathroom and hotels or other accommodation.