On my Linkedin profile, I set up a poll, asking people how they would ideally work in 2022. Of course, no matter what we want, it is always others who set the rules, such as the employers and the government.

However, here you can read 4 reasons why people would rather work at home – or at least be free to choose!

  • Anxiety

The constant restrictions and lockdowns, as forecasted, they had a serious toll on everyone’s mental health. Some are extremely anxious when they think they have to go back to work. On one hand, some simply forgot how to interact with others, especially those toxic ones and on the other hand, even if they are vaccinated, with all this confusion caused by the measures and the media, they do not feel safe. Will everyone ever be fully protected?

  • Convenience

Let’s face it, it is convenient. Many people used to commute for hours every day. I once used to commute for two and half hours back and forth. This is such a waste of time and energy. The majority of people have suddenly at least one additional hour every day to spend any way they like, whether it is to relax, sleep, exercise, play, socialize, cook healthy meals, or anything else.

  • It works

Micromanagers though of remote working just like vampires think of garlic. They believed that it would weaken them. Employees also worried how teleworking would feel like. Nowadays, everyone knows that remote working is at least equally effective, if it is done the right way. Therefore people feel more confident now because they know it works.

  • They never liked it anyway

Most of all, the majority of people over 30, they absolutely hate open space offices. They provide no privacy and no silence. On the contrary, they provide unlimited interruptions and distractions. According to the Harvard Business Review, “when the firms switched to open offices, face-to-face interactions fell by 70%.” Giant corporations set a trend that mainly had downsides. The major upside was for the corporations as it reduced costs of separate offices or at least cubicles.

Remote working has never been easier and it is outrageous that we still see companies forbidding it instead of promoting and listening to people’s needs.

The poll was answered by approximately 7,500 people! 27% of the voters are certain that they want to work exclusively remotely while 51% said that they want to have the opportunity to go once a while to the office (once a month for example). 18% of the voters want to spend half their time at the office and half their time working at home and only 4% of the people who answered want to work 100% on-site. Impressive, isn’t it?


  • Dr. Evi Prokopi

    Success Coach | HRM & PM Professor & Consultant

    Skema Projects

    Dr. Evi Prokopi is a multicultural expert, having lived in 6 countries and worked with people from 58 countries. She has tremendous experience in recruiting, training, coaching, leading and managing virtual, hybrid and in-house teams for Fortune 100 companies and start-ups. Evi, the founder and President of Cosmoleadership, the Global Leadership Association, is the first and youngest Greek female to ever speak at the Global Project Management Institute Congress and she is one of the World’s Top 100 HR Influencers 2020. She has also been awarded the 40 Under 40 Business Elite Award and the Best Leadership Award 2021 by the CEO Today Magazine and she is one of Top 41 Global Future of Work Experts. As a Certified Work Performance Assessor, NLP Coach, HRM and PM Professor at the University of Northampton, and Managing Director of Skema Projects, she wants to empower people and help them achieve their personal and professional goals. Evi is an international bestselling Author. Her first book 'The Success Playbook: The 8 habits of happy & successful people' is available in English and Serbian, and her second book 'Leadership Like a Fairytale' has just been published.