Coronavirus, climate change and working from home

By Asitha Jayawardena

On Friday 12 June, the Office for National Statistics in the UK reported a fall of 20.4% in GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in April 2020. GDP is the monetary value of the final products and services produced in the country in a specific period. Here, it’s UK in a month.

‘We’re going to work slowly to get the economy back on its feet,’ UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told journalists on Friday. ‘Slowly confidence will return and you will see a bounce back for the UK.’

A gradual ending of the lockdown is now in place while preventing the rise of a second wave of the coronavirus. In this lockdown starting from 23 March 2020, many people have started working from home. What would they do after that?

Two surveys were carried out. One is Buffer and AngelList, which posed questions to 3500 workers from around the world. The other is Adzooma, which surveyed 447 workers and interviewed businesses about their current plans, strategies and opinions.

Buffer / AngelList

In Buffer-AngelList survey, when asked about working at office or from home when the lockdown is over, 57% prefer working from home forever. And 98% of them would prefer working from home at least some of the time.

Asked about the benefits of working remotely, workers would rank benefits as 32% with a flexible schedule, 26% work from anywhere and 21% not having to commute. Then, asked about the place, 80% selected that the location you work is from home.

But workers will struggle while working remotely; collaboration and communication 20%, loneliness 20%, not being able to unplug 18%, and distractions at home 12%.


In Adzooma study, 60% of people would prefer working from home if they had the choice. Of them, 93.3% of people believe that they would be comfortable in the comfort of their home. What’s more, 52.6% said they would not go back to their office after Covid-19.

When they were asked about what was enjoyable at home, 39.9% said the flexibility, 37.6% said the lack of commuting and 13.4% said that they liked to have the space to concentrate. Of them, 67.6% think that it’s more productive when working at home.

But 63.6% believe that they miss working in an office. Top of the list was 43.1% for socialising and others are face-to-face meetings (15.7%) and communication with others (14.8%).

A common point of two surveys

Both surveys, Buffer-AngelList as well as Adzooma, say that 57% and 60% would like to work from home.

One or two days a week in the office while remainder at working from home would sound a profitable idea. This way, we can make those who like working from home even after the lockdown while maintaining the reduced carbon emissions as well as air quality of the environment.

And we can increase the GDP gradually.


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Data Reveals 60 Percent Of People Want To Stay At Home After COVID-19



  1. The benefits of working from home seems obvious, but this pandemic has taught us that humans are still instinctively wired to act the way we have for the last 75,000 years. We are social beings. Without social contact, we cannot function effectively in the long run. As we work from home more often, we need to be able understand mental well-being and support people as needed.

    Your thoughts on this, Asitha?


  2. It’s true that we are social beings but the virus is deadly until a vaccine is found. So until then, we have to do social-distancing.


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