Younger Workers Driving the Need for Remote Work in Finland, According to New Survey Results
A recent survey commissioned by Suomen Yrittäjät, Finland’s interest and service organization for small and medium-sized enterprises, has revealed that almost half of Finnish workers would consider changing jobs if they were not allowed to work remotely. The survey found that the number of employees working from home full-time has dropped from 44% to 25% in the past year, and hybrid work arrangements, where employees alternate between working remotely and in the office, have become the norm.
The study also found that remote work has had a positive impact on job satisfaction, productivity, and work autonomy, with 60%, 54%, and 50% of respondents respectively reporting improvements in these areas. However, over half of those surveyed said that remote work has made it more difficult to separate work and personal time.
It highlighted the importance of remote work to younger workers, with 64% of those aged 18 to 29 stating that the ability to work remotely was an important factor in their job choice. Employers were encouraged to consider remote work as a competitive advantage, as many young people value it highly.
It also showed that remote work has also reduced the number of sick days taken, with 52% of respondents reporting fewer absences due to illness. The vast majority of employees (79%) reported that their employer is supportive of remote work, and most people would choose to work from both home and the office if multi-location work became more common. The survey was conducted in January 2023, with 1,028 respondents, and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points at a 50% confidence level.