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Working from home or in hybrid situations, like most things, has two sides to its story. On the one hand, 22 percent of remote employees are more engaged, and 20.7 percent are more satisfied with their work, according to a new study by the Integrated Benefit Institute (IBI). However, working from home also presents some challenges.

The report shows that many employees are struggling to find an appropriate home office space (23%), battling constant interruptions (43%), slow Internet connections, isolation, a house in disarray, and an endless workday. Also, 27 percent of remote workers find it harder to balance work and family responsibilities; nearly half reported spending too little time with their children under 18; and 40 percent indicated that they spend too little time with their spouse. Some remote workers also feel disconnected from their colleagues (30%).

The good news is that despite the many challenges, workers still see more benefits from the new working arrangements. Two years into the pandemic, 44 percent of remote employees think working from home has made it easier for them to get work done and meet deadlines; only 10 percent said this has become more difficult. And 64 percent of those who transitioned to a remote or hybrid work arrangement believe it’s easier now for them to balance work with their personal life.

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