Working from home is here to stay, but has boosted screen time

A mother working from home on her laptop with her young child sitting on the table beside her.
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One in three Dutch workers still works regularly at home and hybrid working appears to be here to stay, according to research by the TNO institute.

However, 65% of workers are based full-time at their place of work, largely because the nature of their job requires them to be on site. This is, however, down from 71% before the coronavirus pandemic, the TNO research showed.

The research, based on the experiences of 6,000 people, shows 35% work from home on a regular basis – with an average of 6.8 hours a week at their home office. This is 2.5 times the length of time spent working at home before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Just 6% said they worked at home full time and 14% were primarily at home.

People who work regularly at home say traveling times, improved concentration and higher productivity are behind their decision.

However, the research also shows that people who work at home move around less – with the number of hours spent behind a screen while working rising from 4.6 hours to 5.6 hours a day. Home workers are also spending more time sitting down than standing, the TNO researchers found.

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