We’re back at it again in episode 9 of the Ivanti Insights podcast with Ivanti’s Chief Security Officer Phil Richards and Senior Director of Product Management Chris Goettl. In this episode, we discuss the interesting, even unusual, results from our latest Ivanti Everywhere Workplace survey where we polled people from the U.S. and U.K. who are working remotely.

Why unusual? Here’s a question: do you where pants during work meetings? Or, have you ever showered during a work meeting?

We’ll get to these, but we also want to jump into key business findings.

Key Business Findings

  • Employees report working more outside of office hours while working remotely, but they are happier.
  • 63% of respondents in the U.S. – and 66% in the U.K. – would choose the ability to work from anywhere over getting a promotion.
  • Nearly half of respondents would take a pay cut to be able to work remotely.
  • Only 12% of respondents in the U.S. and 16% in the U.K. want to go back to the office post-pandemic. (The rest are split between an onsite and hybrid model.)

What does this mean for organizations moving forward?

Work habits pre-COVID were not only different, they kept certain doors closed that we probably never imagined would be open to us. Living in Minnesota, Chris was an hour away from the office and pre-COVID he went into the office Monday through Thursday with Friday as a remote day. Today, that ratio has changed and the savings on time and money from eliminating treacherous commutes is not going unnoticed or unfelt by employees.

What about the traditional 9 to 5 work schedules getting thrown out the window?

The Follow-the-Sun Model

  • Organizations have finally realized that people working during their daytime hours can expect better results than we had previously.
  • Previously, employer believed certain positions could not be done 100% remote but that’s been proven otherwise.
  • 64% of respondents would rather be able to work from home or anywhere, 14% say they’d rather head back to the office

But wait, what about the Darkside – can we learn to become Jedi Remote Workers?

40% admitted that they are concerned about the lack of physical movement throughout the day and the Office of National Statistics, ONS, which is in the UK reported in May that we're seeing an increase of more than double the number of adults experiencing depression than before the pandemic. It's gone up from 10% to 21%.

Tune in to the full episode below to find out how managers and organizations can encourage employee health moving forward, how many people are actually wearing pants during meetings and more!

Stay safe, be secure and keep smiling,