Remote Workers Spending Time on Tech Issues

Ezvid Wiki, a video wiki, software and media company, surveyed 4,020 workers which revealed that a majority of employees working remotely during the pandemic say their work is regularly disrupted by technology problems.

Mainers are most affected by things such as endless buffering, jammed printers or having to squint at their screens, where 63% report having regular tech problems. Meanwhile, Californians appear to be the best equipped in their home/office set up, with only 8% reporting problems.

Of course, when something goes wrong, you have to try and fix it. On average, workers in Arizona, for instance, spend 1.6 hours per week trying to figure out the problem (and probably just turning things off and back on again). Minnesotans came out unluckiest, as people in this state spend 2.9 hours per week screaming at their screens, while Alaskans, North Dakotans, Rhode Islanders and Vermonters equally must be positively zen-like, as they only have to devote 25 minutes a week to fixing these problems.

To find out how each state compares, check out this interactive map

In addition, over 1 in 3 (37%) employees working remotely say they’ve had to cut video conference calls short because someone on the call had poor internet connection. Almost one in 10 employees with poor internet admit they have tried to guess a neighbor’s wifi password and piggyback on their service without asking. And, understandably, nearly two-thirds of all employees working remotely think their employer should be paying for their internet costs.

The research also revealed that over one-third said having colleagues to speak to is the thing they miss most about working from the office. Just over a fifth (21%) of employees working remotely say the thing they miss most is the convenience of on-site tech support, while 21% said they miss the convenience of office equipment, such as printers; 14% admit they miss the free tea, coffee and refreshments, and 4% say they miss eating out for lunch. And going forward, more than half of all employees would prefer their work location to be a mix of home and the office. 

An additional 55% of employees say if they were applying for a new job, they are more likely to choose an employer who allows working from home.

Even if you are enjoying spending more time with family due to social distancing restrictions, it can be challenging to focus on work tasks if it is noisy in the background, or if someone is constantly interrupting your concentration. This might explain why 1 in 10 (10%) employees working remotely admit there have been times when they have worked from their car in an attempt to get some peace and quiet.

Finally, some people may be used to the buzz of an office space and prefer working with some sort of background noise. This may be why 24% of employees admit they have streamed movies or series while working from home.