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Survey: Half of Finns want to continue working from home after pandemic

Respondents cited control over working hours and lack of commuting as positive aspects of the telecommuting experience.

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More than half of respondents to a survey in Finland said they would like to continue working from home even after the coronavirus pandemic has ended, according to a study carried out at the University of Turku.

Some 52 percent of respondents said they would like to telecommute on a permanent basis, while 29 percent said they would like to work remotely for as long as the pandemic lasts.

Less than a fifth responded that they do not want to continue working from home once the crisis is over.

The survey found that respondents valued a relatively high freedom to influence one's own working hours as well as the absence of unnecessary travel as being positive aspects of the telecommuting experience.

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Disadvantages included the lack of social contact with colleagues and the constant presence of work-related matters at home.

The research also found that Finland's transition to telecommuting last year was largely successful, helped by employers' trust in employees and a strong foundation created by digitalisation in the Finnish workplace.

A total of more than 1,500 people responded to the survey during October and November last year.

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