NEW YORK – Have you ever found yourself criticizing your coworkers’ backgrounds while on a video call with them? You’re not alone.
In a recent survey of 2,004 Americans, half (54%) of all remote workers admit to judging their colleagues’ office decor or furniture in virtual meetings. However, it goes both ways – 64% say they’re so worried about being judged on their own that they’ve decided to improve their own space.
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Since the start of 2020, nearly half of telecommuters have purchased new home office furniture, while 40% of all respondents have redecorated at least one room and 33% have purchased new living room furniture.
Commissioned by Oliver Space and conducted by OnePoll, the survey also found that it took on average three months for respondents to tire of decorating and furnishing in their homes and
decided to buy new items instead.
Of the 1,385 respondents who have worked from home at some point in the past 18 months, 85% regularly do so elsewhere than in a home office. Instead, the most popular non-office workplaces are living rooms (28%), bedrooms (20%), and dining rooms (15%).
Teleworkers often reuse other household furniture such as chairs (37%), coffee tables (35%) or dining tables (33%) to make these DIY work environments more comfortable. The average telecommuter says it takes four weeks to find the right telecommuting setup. They will also spend 40% of their day in a particular room that is not meant to be an office.
“As much as possible, define a space that will be dedicated to work, so that you can keep some separation between working hours and non-working hours at home,” said Rebecca Andrews, head of merchandising at Oliver Space, in a statement. . “A trendy little desk paired with a stylish dining chair will always look cute in your living room – it doesn’t have to look like traditional ‘office’ furniture.”
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After more than a year and a half of working from home, seven in ten teleworkers have become so comfortable that they have reservations about returning to a real office. Staying at home isn’t just a luxury of work either: 44% say they were also homebody before the pandemic.
Two in three think their home is the only place in the world where they can truly be themselves. Almost as many (61%) feel more comfortable at home now than they were before the start of the pandemic.
“Comfort at home has always been a priority, but it has become doubly so over the past year and a half,” Andrews continues. “Conserving your space can be a source of comfort, joy and even control when the outside world seems so out of control. “