Today Testing Finds Working from Home Saves Money, Time

Working from home offers a ton of benefits. No commute, no office politics and no need to get dressed for work. But what’s often overlooked is that working from home also gives employees extra free time.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show full-time workers who work from home spend about 28 percent less time each day working than those who go into the office and, they don’t have to spend time driving to and from the office each day.

That got Today Testing – a company with extensive experience in blog management, software review and social media marketing – wondering how much extra free time working from home gives a worker each year. After running the number, the results were shocking: On average, full-time employees who work from home will have 777 hours, 46 minutes, and nine seconds of extra free time each year compared to their office-bound counterparts.

That’s the equivalent of more than 32 days of extra time that remote workers get to enjoy however they want.

Here is what Today Testing found:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ most recent American Time Use Survey, full-time employed individuals who work from home put in an average of 5.88 hours per day. On the other hand, full-time employed individuals who go into an office work an average of 8.18 hours per day.

This means people who work from the home average two hours and 18 minutes less each day than those who commute to an office. That’s a difference of 11.5 hours each week.

Obviously, not everyone works a full eight hours when they’re at the office, but the point is they spend that time away from home and are in the office.

On top of that, the American Community Survey Report from the U.S. Census Bureau found the average commute for U.S. workers is now 27.6 minutes each way or 55.2 minutes round trip each day. People working from home don’t have to commute, so they save all that time by not sitting in traffic or on the train.

When you add it all up, full-time workers who are remote and work from home get an extra 16.1 hours of free time each week, or 777 hours, 46 minutes, and nine seconds over the course of a year.

If you stretched that out over a 45-year career, someone who worked from home would get an extra 1,458 days or roughly four years of extra free time compared to someone working in an office their whole career.

With such data, it’s no wonder 87 percent of Gen Z workers say they want to work remotely and view it as a top perk.

Where do workers stand to save the most time working remotely? Here are the top 20 metro areas where workers lose the most time by working in an office.

City Annual Hours Spent Commuting Extra Annual Hours Spent Working & Commuting vs Remote Workers Days Worth Of Free Time Lost By Working In Office vs Remotely Over Lifetime
East Stroudsburg, PA Metro Area 312 hrs 870 hrs 1632 days
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metro Division 300 hrs 858 hrs 1610 days
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area 291hrs 849 hrs 1593 days
Silver Spring-Frederick-Rockville, MD Metro Division 280 hrs 838 hrs 1572 days
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area 278 hrs 836 hrs 1568 days
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Division 278 hrs 836 hrs 1568 days
Picayune, MS Micro Area 275 hrs 833 hrs 1563 days
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metro Division 274 hrs 832 hrs 1561days
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metro Division 271hrs 829 hrs 1555 days
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metro Division 270 hrs 828 hrs 1553 days
Bogalusa, LA Micro Area 268 hrs 826 hrs 1550 days
Newark, NJ-PA Metro Division 265 hrs 823 hrs 1544 days
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metro Division 261hrs 819 hrs 1536 days
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA Metro Area 260 hrs 818 hrs 1535 days
Boston, MA Metro Division 259 hrs 817 hrs 1533 days
Shelton, WA Micro Area 258 hrs 816 hrs 1531days
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area 257 hrs 815 hrs 1529 days
Philadelphia, PA Metro Division 255 hrs 813 hrs 1525 days
Fernley, NV Micro Area 254 hrs 812 hrs 1523 days