Majority of US healthcare workers want to work remotely: 5 survey findings

U.S. healthcare employees want to work remotely, but often can't due to the demands of the work or employer stipulations, according to new data from Randstad US.

The data is part of the quarterly Randstad Workmonitor global survey. The survey, conducted in January, polled 400 or more employees age 18 to 65 from more than 30 countries. All participants were working at least 24 hours weekly in a paid job (not self-employed). In the U.S., there were 1,000 general survey respondents. 

Here are five survey findings.

1. Twenty-six percent of U.S. healthcare respondents said they can work remotely whenever and wherever they want.

2. Forty-one percent of respondents said their employers are making efforts to allow them to work from various locations outside standard business hours.

3. A majority of U.S. healthcare respondents (80 percent) said they desire the ability to work remotely from anywhere and whenever they want so they can keep a good work-life balance. Seventy-six percent of respondents said they want to work remotely because it improves creativity, productivity and job satisfaction. Seventy-four percent said it allows them to freely organize and prioritize their work.

4. While a majority of respondents said they desire flexibility in the workplace, 69 percent said it's not possible because of the kind of work they do or their employer's policies.

5. Additionally, 42 percent of respondents said their employer fails to provide the technical equipment they need to work from home.

 

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