FlexJobs Report: Remote or Hybrid Work Deemed Optimal for Mental Health by 96% of Individuals

Mental health

FlexJobs’ 2023 Work Insights Survey, encompassing the responses of over 5,600 individuals, reveals that an overwhelming 96% of workers consider a remote or hybrid work arrangement as the most beneficial for their mental well-being. 

Among the participants, 49% expressed a preference for a hybrid workplace, slightly surpassing those who favored a fully remote setup (47%). Merely 4% of respondents believed that being present in a physical office full-time was conducive to their mental health. 

The survey findings highlighted reduced stress levels as the primary health advantage of remote work.

Sara Sutton, the Founder and CEO of FlexJobs, emphasized the significant impact of remote work on workers’ mental health, attributing it to factors such as diminished commuting stress, improved sleep, healthier eating habits, and reduced anxiety. 

The survey, conducted between May 3 and May 21, 2023, delved into professionals’ perspectives on vital workplace issues in the evolving job landscape. These topics included the influence of remote work on career advancement, mental well-being, and workplace collaboration, as well as aspects of pay transparency in job postings and overall career outlook.

Mental Health and Working Arrangements

An overwhelming majority of workers, 96% in total, believe that remote or hybrid work options would be the most beneficial for their mental well-being. Here’s a breakdown of their preferences:

  • 47% expressed that a fully remote work arrangement, working from home exclusively, would be the best for their mental health.
  • 24% stated that a hybrid work arrangement, primarily remote work with occasional in-office days, would be ideal.
  • 17% indicated that a hybrid arrangement with two to three days of remote work and the rest in the office would be the most suitable for their mental health.
  • 8% favored a hybrid setup where they mostly work in the office but have occasional remote work opportunities.
  • Only 4% believed that being in the office full-time without any remote work options would be best for their mental health.
  • In addition, 56% of respondents reported that having a job with remote work options has either already improved or would definitely improve their mental health.

Commuting Stress

A significant number of workers, 87%, acknowledged that commuting impacts their stress levels to some degree. Further details include:

  • 29% stated that commuting has an enormous impact on their stress levels.
  • Another 29% mentioned that commuting impacts their stress levels a lot.
  • 29% noted a slight impact on their stress levels due to commuting.
  • Only 13% claimed that commuting has no impact on their stress levels.

Top Health Benefits

When asked about the health benefits of remote work, respondents shared the following insights:

  • 48% highlighted decreased stress levels as the primary health benefit derived from remote work.
  • Other impacts mentioned included less burnout (36%), healthier food choices (35%), reduced anxiety and depression (34%), improved overall mental health (33%), enhanced sleep quality (32%), increased exercise (30%), improved overall physical health (28%), and better personal relationships (23%).

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